Grammy-nominated R&B artist Jesse Powell has died at the age of 51, according to an announcement by his sister on Wednesday.
Tamara Powell shared the news in an Instagram post that did not provide a cause of death.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, and uncle Jesse Powell,” she wrote. “He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home. The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn the tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy.
“Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career. We want you all to know that you meant the world to him,” she added.
His sister also shared a second post of Powell featured in a video of his hit song “You.”
“That voice!” she wrote. “Aside from being one of the best R&B male vocalists out there, you were the best big brother ever. I loved you so much. I’m thankful that we were so close; a whole mess all the time. We absolutely adored you ‘Jet’ & our family will not be the same without you.”
Powell released four albums during his career, launching with his first album, “Jesse Powell,” in 1996. His second, “‘Bout It” (1999), achieved certified gold status for selling more than a half-million copies. His final album, “Jesse,” was released in 2003.
Powell’s top song, “You,” reached as high as number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The artist was born in Gary, Indiana, and was discovered in his early twenties by a music producer during a local performance. He was later signed to Silas Records with Louil Silas Jr. in 1993, three years before the release of his first studio album.
Following his 2003 retirement, Powell collaborated with other musical artists and was involved in television production. According to IMDb, Powell performed on two “Motown Live” productions and appeared in one episode of the television series “The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.”
Powell’s sisters Trina and Tamara Powell formed the group Trina & Tamara, who also released an album in 1999. Their hit song “What’d You Come Here For?” reached 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Powell’s death, reported as occurring on Tuesday, came just one day after his birthday on September 12.