Robert Wilson of the Gap Band, is shown Aug. 26, 2005, at the 2005 BMI Urban Music Awards. He died Sunday. (Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press)
Robert Wilson, who as the bassist for the funk and R&B group the Gap Band had a string of hits including You Dropped a Bomb On Me, has died. He was 53.
He died at his home Sunday in Palmdale, Calif., outside Los Angeles. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, stated Karen Lee, publicist for his brother and the Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson.
Robert Wilson provided the bass backbone for the trio, which also included another brother, Ronnie. The group, originally from Tulsa, Okla., first hit the charts in 1979 with the songs Shake and Open Your Mind (Wide).
They had their biggest success in the 1980s, with hits like Outstanding, You Dropped a Bomb On Me, Oops Upside Your Head and Yearning for Your Love.
“My brother Robert was a bad boy on the bass,” Charlie Wilson stated in a statement released Monday. “We shared a bond as brothers, musicians and friends. I loved him, and losing him is difficult for both Ronnie and I. The music world has lost a very talented man.”
Robert Wilson had been touring for the past few weeks, including a stop in his hometown of Tulsa.
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