It’s with a heavy heart that I report Melvin Edmonds, the founding member of the R&B group, After 7, and the older brother of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, has passed away.

Melvin died on Saturday, May 18, according to his son, Melvin Jr.

He was reportedly dealing with failing health and had suffered multiple strokes.

Melvin Edmonds was 65.

Via Indy Star:

After 7 landed three singles in the Top 20 of Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart in the early 1990s: “Can’t Stop,” “Ready or Not” and “Heat of the Moment.” A 2016 comeback album, “Timeless,” sent three songs — “Runnin’ Out,” “I Want You” and “Let Me Know” — into the Top 10 of Billboard’s adult R&B songs chart.

Melvin Edmonds, who attended North Central High School, was the second oldest of six sons born to Marvin Edmonds Sr. and Barbara Edmonds: Marvin Jr., Melvin, Michael, Kevon, Kenny, and Derek. Marvin Sr. died in 1972, followed by Marvin Jr. in 2011 and Barbara in 2012.

I extend my sincerest condolences to the Edmonds family and all who loved Melvin.

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