Surviving Sister Sledge members will honour tour dates after sibling Joni's death

14th Mar 17 | Entertainment News

Sister Sledge have vowed to continue performing as a duo following the death of their sibling Joni.

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The 60-year-old singer was found unresponsive in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday (10Mar17), the band's publicist Biff Warren told the Hollywood Reporter.

A cause of death has yet to be determined, and Warren said Joni had not suffered with illness.

Now remaining members Debbie and Kim have released a statement promising fans they will honour their 2017 tour dates following Joni's passing - as a tribute to their late sibling.

"Sister Sledge will continue with their 2017 concert schedule," the statement read. "Sister Sledge - Debbie, Kim and the Sledge family would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have extended their love and support during this difficult and challenging time of mourning, in the wake of the passing of our beloved sister Joni Sledge.

"Joni was a beautiful person, phenomenal artist and producer, a brilliant business woman and a powerhouse! One of her greatest loves and joys was performing live with her family. In the spirit of Joni's powerful strength of character, zest for life and spreading joy through music, we are committed to continuing her legacy.

"Therefore, in this new 2017 concert season, and in the true Sister Sledge family tradition, we will embrace and celebrate Joni, dedicating every concert in honour of her remarkable and beautiful life. WE ARE SISTERS. We are one... We are Flo's daughters. We are Family! WE ARE WAMOWS! (sic)"

Joni, Debbie, Kim and Kathy formed Sister Sledge in 1971, and were famous for their iconic disco anthem We Are Family. Kathy left the group to pursue a solo career while the remaining sisters continued performing and recording as a trio.

Their biggest hit was their family anthem, which became the soundtrack for female empowerment. We Are Family sold more than one million copies, and was nominated for a Grammy.

Joni is survived by a son, Thaddeus, her sisters and other relatives, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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