Isley Brothers founder dies at 84


Singer-songwriter Rudolph Isley, a founding member of the R&B group The Isley Brothers, has died. He is 84 years old.

A representative for the Isley brothers confirmed to USA TODAY in an email Thursday that Rudolph died Wednesday. The cause of death was not disclosed. TMZ first reported the news.

“There are no words to express how I feel and how much I love my brother,” Rudolph’s brother Ronald said in a statement. “Our family will miss him. But I know he is in a better place. “

The Isley Band consisted of brothers Rudolph, Marvin, O’Kelly, Ronald and Ernie Isley and was formed by musician Chris Jasper in 1954 Rudolph, O’Kelly, Ronald The Isley Band was formed in Cincinnati when he and brother Vernon Isley began singing in church. The group disbanded in 1955 after 13-year-old Vernon was hit and killed by a car while riding his bicycle nearby.

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