I've said it before and now it has proven to be true again. It seems like it should be an old wives tale that death comes in threes, but it keeps happening. The second of the three recent ones was the passing of R&B great Gerald Levert. Dude was only 40-years-old when he died of a heart attack in his Cleavland home.
Gerald was the son of R&B crooner Eddie Levert who had established himself with my parents' generation as part of the legendary O'Jays. For my generation, we associated with Gerald thanks to hits like "Cassanova" he made with the group Levert. After years of rocking it solo, he later re-invented himself by teaming up with Johnny Gill and Keith Sweat to make the supergroup LSG, ultimately making the classic "My Body".
I loved it even more when he had more recently teamed up with his dad to make hits together. Being that I was already a student of R&B music, I was already aware of everything the O'Jay's had brought to the game. However, for more uninformed people, he helped bridge the gap so that fans young and old could appreciate their music.
This is a situation where I was shocked but then again I wasn't. Sure, he was very young to be passing away. However, he has had weight problems that would even be constant jokes by the Tom Joyner Morning Show crew. It unfortunately comes as no surprise that a heart attack is what ultimately did him in. It's just too bad as the music world has lost an extremely talented vocalist.