Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner performs during the 70's Funk Night day 3 of Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage 2010 aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas on May 18, 2010 in the Caribbean. (Photo by Monica Morgan/WireImage)


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died in the U.S. He was 69.

A spokeswoman for an Ohio funeral home confirms he died Saturday. There is also a posting about his death on his current band’s Facebook page.

The Ohio Players topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as “Love Rollercoaster,” ”Fire,” ”Skin Tight” and “Funky Worm.” They were known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits.

Bonner helped form the Ohio Players in the 1960s. He had remained active in recent years with a spinoff called Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players.

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