April 12, 2006

Singer June Pointer dies of cancer at age 52

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - June Pointer, youngest of the
Pointer Sisters pop group whose hits included "Fire," "Slow
Hand" and "I'm So Excited," died of cancer at age 52 on
Wednesday, a family spokesman said.

Two of her sisters, Ruth and Anita, and two brothers, Aaron
and Fritz, were at her side at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa
Monica when she died, the spokesman said.

Her third sister, Bonnie, was unable to be present, the
spokesman added. The type of cancer was not disclosed.

The sisters, who received their vocal training at their
father's church in West Oakland, California, began as a quartet
in the 1970s and become a trio when their sister Bonnie left to
pursue a solo career in the 1980s.