Founding member Melvin Edmonds of the Grammy-nominated group After 7 has died at age 65. No cause of death is being reported at this time but Edmonds’ brother Kevon, acknowledged some years back that Melvin struggled with substance abuse problems over the years.
Melvin’s son, Jason Edmonds took to his Facebook profile to speak on the passing of his father:
“I’ve been receiving and reading everyone’s messages and texts about my Dad. I appreciate the kind words and I’ll have something to say in return. For now, I just need time to process.”
After 7 was founded in Indianapolis in 1987 by Babyface’s brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, as well as Keith Mitchell who was marketed as the cousin of producer L.A. Reid although he is not. He was just a college friend of the two brothers. Jason Edmonds, Melvin Edmonds’ son, later joined as well. Melvin left the group some years back after their third album, but rejoined them recently for After 7’s 2016 release, Timeless.
The group recorded 4 studio albums and is known for their hits “Ready or Not,” “Can’t Stop” and “Nights Like This” from The Five Heartbeats soundtrack.
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