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2016 has taken yet another person of note.

Eighties R&B and dance music artist Colonel Abrams has died. The singer with the deep voice best known for his smash singles “Trapped” and “I’m Not Gonna Let You” succumbed to various ailments on Friday. He was 67.

Abrams was born Colonel Abrams Page in Detroit on May 25, 1949. At age 10, he moved to New York City. His biggest hit, “Trapped” reached the top five in the UK Singles Chart and topped the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1985, followed by his self-titled album, which spent two weeks at number one the following year.

“I’m Not Gonna Let You” also spent a week at number one in the dance chart in 1986. In 1987, he had his fourth number-one US dance hit with “How Soon We Forget”, the same year that he released his second album, You and Me Equals Us.

Reportedly, Abrams had been ill with diabetes and struggling to the point of homelessness for quite some time.

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