Melvin Edmonds, brother of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and member of the Grammy-nominated ’90s R&B musical group After 7, died over the weekend. He was 65 years old at the time.
Melvin died on Saturday, May 18th, after a brief illness, according to his son, who confirmed the news to the Indy Star. Melvin’s surviving relatives issued a statement on social media expressing their sorrow and grief over his loss.
“[We’re] terribly hurt/saddened by the unexpected/sudden passing of brother/friend/dad Melvin D. Edmonds,” a tweet from Monday said (May 20). Fans were thanked for their “tremendous outpouring” of love, support, and prayers, according to the message. “We’re trying our best to deal with it.” Understanding in allowing us the time we require at these trying times.”
Melvin, his brother Kevon Edmonds, as well as classmate Keith Mitchell, created After 7 in 1987. The Indianapolis band had two platinum albums in a row, the first was their self-titled debut in 1989. The track “Heat of the Moment,” which reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, was indeed the album’s lead single.
“Ready or Not,” “Can’t Stop,” and “Sara Smile” were among the group’s other big songs. Melvin quit the band following the release of their third album in 1995. Jason, his son, took his position.
Timeless, After 7’s most recent album, was released in 2016. The track “If I,” created by Babyface, was featured on the album.