This morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Radio Show, host Joyner broke the sad news to his listeners of the passing of r&b singer Sean LeVert late Sunday evening.
Sean LeVert, son of Eddie LeVert (founder of the soulful r&b trio The O’Jays) and brother of the late Gerald LeVert passed away Sunday evening in Cleveland Ohio. Sean LeVert was in a Cleveland jail on charges stemming from pass due child supports payments. Early reports state that Sean was feeling sick while in custody and he was taken to an area hospital. He was pronounced dead at 11:57 at Lutheran Hospital. No definite cause of death is available at this time.
Radio host Tom Joyner, close friends with the LeVert family was clearly shaken up this morning as he spoke about the tragic turn events for Eddie LeVert. His co-host as well shaken by the news sent their condolences to the LeVert family. Fans across the internet and urban music radio host are all in a state of disbelief over this news.
The LeVert musical legacy is one that spans over four decades. The O’Jays formed in 1958 but they are best known for their hits during the 1970’s. My parents listened to the music of Eddie LeVert and The O’Jays.
As a little girl I can remember such tunes as “Back Stabbers”, “For the Love of Money”, “I Love Music” and “Used to Be My Girl” playing on our stereo. The O’Jays was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
In 1984, Sean and Gerald Levert along with Marc Gordon formed the group LeVert. The group had such hits as “Casanova” “Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop (Goes My Mind)” and “Just Coolin'”. Gerald went on to have a successful solo career. He also collaborated with singers Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill to form the short lived 1990’s super group LSG. Their sexually charged song “My Body” was a hit on the R&B charts. Gerald LeVert was found dead in his home from what appeared to be a heart attack in November 2006, in February 2007 an autopsy it report concluded that the singer had actually accidently died form a lethal combination of prescription and over the counter drugs.
The idea of burying your child is a concept all parents dread. This is truly a sad time for the Levert family. Losing two sons in such a short time span is unthinkable. Sean LeVert will be missed by family and fans.
Tom Joyner eloquently summed up Eddie Levert’s relationship with his sons this afternoon on his blog:
“I don’t know this for sure, but I don’t think Eddie has any regrets as a father. He admits that he wasn’t perfect but one thing for sure, he was there for his children. He knew they loved him and they knew he loved them. I don’t know what his last conversation with Sean was like, but I’m willing to bet that they both said “I love you,” before the conversation ended.
One thing I didn’t include in the book that I remember about seeing the LeVert family in Phoenix 14 years ago is that as I was wrapping up the interview with Eddie, we could hear the newly-formed LeVert band gearing up. Very few people were interested in hearing them at that point but Eddie started getting antsy. “I gotta go, man. I gotta go listen to my babies.”
Eddie had his priorities in order. Family first. No regrets.
Rest in Peace, Sean.”
Tom Joyner’s Blog: http://affiliate.kickapps.com/kickapps/service/displayKickPlace.kickAction?u=2188600&as=16936&b=
Tom Joyner Morning Show- Black America Web: http://tomjoyner.com/
Sean LeVert’s My Space page: http://www.myspace.com/leverts