According to USA Today, the singer’s death came after a short illness. He was the second oldest of six sons–Marvin Jr., Melvin, Michael, Kevon, Kenny and Derek–born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Marvin Edmonds Sr. and Barbara Edmonds.
This is not the first loss for the musical family. The Edmonds patriarch passed in 1972, followed by his eldest son in 2011 and his wife in 2012.
After 7 was founded in 1988 and included Melvin, his brother Kevon and their mutual friend Keith Mitchell. The group was popular in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and its hit singles included “Can’t Stop,” “Heat of the Moment” and “Ready or Not.”
According to AllMusic.com, the trio won the 1990 NAACP Image Award for Best New Male Artist or Group. Melvin left the group five years later following the release its third studio album, Reflections. In 1999, his son Jason began touring with the group in his place.
Melvin later rejoined After 7, making the group a quartet for the 2016 release of their album, Timeless.
The 65-year-old is survived by four children, Melvin, Jason, Chris and Courtney.
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