How Did Melvin Edmonds Die? Sad Details On The Death Of Babyface's Older Brother

He passed away but left a musical legacy

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The R&B superstar Melvin Edmonds led a musically rich life in the band After 7. Fans, friends, and family all over the world are crushed over the news of Edmonds' sudden death at age 65.

He has left an impact on the lives of those that have been dedicated to his music and his loved ones will never be the same without him.

Edmonds of After 7 was the lead singer and co-founder, and grew up in Indianapolis with 11 brothers, one of them being Kenneth "Babyface" Edmunds who has won 11 Grammy Awards. In the 1990s they released some of their greatest hits "Can't Stop," "Ready or Not" and "Heat of the Moment." 


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1. How did Melvin Edmonds die?

Edmonds passed away on May 18, 2019, at the age of 65.

Edmonds struggled with his health and suffered many strokes in his life, which ultimately caused his death.

2. The unexpected death of Melvin Edmonds.

His death was sudden and unexpected. Melvin's death was actually confirmed by his son, who is also Melvin Edmonds.

Edmonds' death was unexpected because he was doing so much better at the time. He had just rejoined After 7 and they had just released a new album.


His family gave this statement, “We the group After 7 are deeply hurt and saddened by the unexpected, sudden loss of our brother, friend & Jason’s father, Melvin D. Edmonds."

3. Melvin Edmonds' had a battle with his health.

In 2011, Edmonds had a stroke that contributed to his many recent health issues. The stroke left him paralyzed on one side of his body. He had to take a short break from music to recover. Edmonds was able to rejoin the group in 2016 to sing on the album Timeless.

Kevon, one of Edmonds' brothers, shared that he had an addictive personality and struggled with drug addiction to free himself from the stresses of life. 



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4. Melvin Edmonds was the soul of After 7.

Edmonds admiration for his fans on and off the stage showed effortlessly throughout his musical career. The uniqueness of his voice will forever be missed in After 7. 

"Melvin's love for audiences and fans everywhere who supported our music is what drove him on stage and in life," the group reportedly wrote in a Facebook post concerning Edmonds' death, as reported by CNN.


The band believed in the distinctness of his voice and knows they have lost a powerful singer and amazing friend.

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Diana Noel is a Junior at the University of Central Florida studying Journalism with a minor in Writing and Rhetoric. She is dedicated to pursing a career in publishing/magazine writing, and would like to write her own books in the near future.


Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on May 23, 2019 and was updated with the latest information.