Melvin died on March 24, 1997 at the age of fifty-seven. Townsend was the son of the late songwriter/producer Ed Townsend, who was responsible for co-writing described him as "One of the most nicest, toughest and professional actors I've ever worked with." Steve James died of pancreatic cancer in Burbank, California, at age 41 in 1993.
On a Sunday morning, April 25, 1999, Roger Troutman was found shot and critically wounded outside his northwest Dayton recording studio around 7 a.m.
According to doctors, the 47-year-old had been shot several times in the torso and was in critical condition; he died during surgery at the local hospital Roger's brother Larry was discovered dead in a car a few blocks away with a single gunshot wound to the head.
A pistol was found inside the vehicle, which matched the description of a car leaving the scene of Roger Troutman's shooting according to witnesses.
The group rose to prominance 12 years ago with their smash hit, in the early 70's died last year of cardiac arrhythmia. Van Mc Coy (January 6, 1940-July 6, 1979) was a music producer, musician, songwriter, and orchestra conductor most famous for his massive 1975 disco hit Pendergrass would leave to pursue a successful solo career.
Harold Melvin continued to tour with various lineups of Blue Notes until suffering a massive stroke. It took 50 firefighters, 30 minutes to put the fire out. They had just left the studio when their vehicle was struck by a SUV that ran a red light.