cleotha staples*We have sad news regarding a member of the classic gospel-R&B family group, the Staples Singers. Cleotha Staples has died. She was 78.

Cleotha had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the last decade or so and died at her home in Chicago, according publicist and family friend, Bill Carpenter.

The Staples Singers began as a way for Roebuck “Pops” Staples to entertain his family, which included five children — Cleotha, known as “Cleedi,” Pervis, Yvonne, Mavis and Cynthia. He taught the children gospel songs and accompanied them on his guitar. Two decades later they became unlikely hit makers for the Stax label.

Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with her family in 1999 and received a lifetime achievement award from the Grammys in 2000.

Interestingly, Cleotha Staple’s death will no doubt stir talk of the celebrity death rule of 3. That’s because within the past week two other celebrities, actor Lou Myers and singer Damon Harris, passed away. Cleotha is the 3rd.

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