Anita Pointer, a founding member of the popular group the Pointer Sisters, has died at the age of 74. According to a representative, Anita's death followed a long battle with cancer and she passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.
The Pointer Sisters formed in the late 1960s after Anita left her job as a secretary to start the group with her sisters Bonnie, June, and Ruth. They quickly rose to fame in the 1970s with hit songs such as "I'm So Excited," "Jump," "Slow Hand," "Fire," "He's So Shy," and "Neutron Dance." The group won numerous awards, including Grammys, and were the first African American group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
In a statement, Anita's sister Ruth and brothers Aaron and Fritz said, "While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted in knowing she is now with her daughter, Jada and her sisters June & Bonnie and at peace." They continued, "She was the one that kept all of us close and together for so long. Her love of our family will live on in each of us. Please respect our privacy during this period of grief and loss. Heaven is a more loving beautiful place with Anita there."