R&B Singer Jesse Powell Has Died — Family Statement in Full

Singer-songwriter and R&B icon Jesse Powell has died at the age of 51 at his home in Los Angeles.

Powell, from Gary, Indiana shot to fame with the hit song "You," a ballad that featured on his 1996 self-titled debut album.

When he released the song as a single in 1999, "You" debuted at no.14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 10. It also made it No.2 on the Billboard R&B chart.

He was the older brother of R&B singers, Trina and Tamara Powell.

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Singer Jesse Powell performs in Chicago in July 1998. The R&B icon has died at the age of 51 at his home in Los Angeles.(Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images). Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Grammy-winner Tamara Powell, announced the news of her brother's death in a moving Instagram post in the early hours of Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

She wrote: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, and uncle Jesse Powell.

"He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home. The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn the tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy.

"Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career. We want you all to know that you meant the world to him."

The statement was signed off "The Powell Family."

The cause of death has not yet been announced.

Tamara Powell also posted a moving tribute to her brother in a separate Instagram post, which included a video of singing "You."

She wrote alongside the video: "That voice!

"Aside from being one of the best R&B male vocalists out there, you were the best big brother ever. I loved you so much. I'm thankful that we were so close; a whole mess all the time. We absolutely adored you "Jet" & our family will not be the same without you."

Jesse Powell released four studio albums during his career. His second, 'Bout It, which was certified gold, was followed up with JP in 2001 and Jesse in 2003.

After the release of his fourth album he kept a relatively low profile, but that did not stop audiences across the globe from falling in love with his music.

Fans have been paying tribute to the late singer online.

One tweeted: "Mic was always on.

"The 90's >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

"RIP JESSE POWELL."

Another said: "Jesse Powell was a SANGER. What he did with "If I" still gives me chills.

"It's very shocking to hear about his sudden passing. Rest in peace, Jesse."