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Rudolph Isley Obituary; The Isley Brothers’ Founding Member And Singer Has Passed Away

The Isley Brothers’ founding member and singer Rudolph Isley has passed away.

According to TMZ, the legendary singer passed suddenly on Wednesday in Illinois. Despite the fact that one person involved tells us it’s thought Rudolph suffered a heart attack, the exact reason of his death is still unknown.

Rudolph started singing at a young age in his local church and created The Isley Brothers with his siblings Ronald, O’Kelly, and Vernon when he was just a teenager.

The brothers traveled to New York to record music when Vernon was tragically killed by a car while on his bike at the age of 13 in 1955. A few years later, they signed with RCA Records and made their debut with “Shout,” undoubtedly one of their most important songs.

While the group was still in its infancy, Rudolph married Elaine Jasper in 1958 … living the married life while the Brothers all went on to garner success with tracks like “Twist & Shout,” “This Old Heart of Mine,” and “It’s Your Thing.”

Rudolph split from the group in 1989 to pursue his dream of becoming a Christian preacher, but he later joined them again. They were even awarded the honor of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 by Little Richard, another legendary musician.