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'You' Singer, Jesse Powell, Dead at 51

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Jesse Powell, the Grammy-nominated R&B vocalist with a four-octave range best known for his hit "You" — that peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (No. 2 R&B) in 1999 — has died according to a statement from his family. He was 51.

Jesse's sister Tamara, who along with his other younger sister Trina comprised the popular 1990s R&B group Trina & Tamara, took to Instagram early Wednesday morning to share the news.

She wrote: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, and uncle Jesse Powell.

"He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home. The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn this tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy.

"Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career. We want you all to know that you meant the world to him. – The Powell Family."

No cause was given for the death which came just two days after his birthday.

The Gary, Indiana, native matriculated from a musical family and grew up performing with his mother and three siblings at talent shows in the family group Sheer Joy.

Powell got his big break when Louis Silas, Jr., founder of MCA imprint Silas Records, signed him shortly after hearing him sing at an artist showcase in Los Angeles.

He released four studio albums during his career.

His eponymously named debut in 1996 was a moderate success peaking at No. 35 on the Billboard R&B chart. Powell's second album 1989's “'Bout It," thanks to the success of the single "You," a ballad also featured on his first album was certified gold.

The singer followed those releases with "JP" in 2001 and "Jesse" in 2003 before seemingly retiring from music.

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