Funk legend Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner has died, according to friends and musicians.
“He was a great person with a lot of wisdom not just in music, but in life,” said Keith Harrison of the bands FAZE-O and the Dazz Band.
Bonner, who helped make Dayton the Land of Funk , reportedly had cancer and died Saturday.
Harrison said the Ohio Players and Bonner, a front man and guitarist, took FAZE-O under its wings.
He received word of Bonner’s passing from Marshall “Rock” Jones and another Ohio Players band member.
“He was an extraordinary person,” Harrison said of Bonner.
Dayton musician Ronald Frost, a friend of Bonner’s, said that Bonner will be remembered for his kindness and heart.
“He was one of the nicest people I have ever met,” Frost said.
Frost’s father, keyboardist Ronald Nooks , is also a member of the Ohio Players.
“He was a good friend of my dad’s,” Frost said.
Based in Dayton, the Ohio Players rocketed onto the international stage in the 1970s with string of funk hits, including “Fire,” “Skin Tight” and “Love Rollercoaster.”