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R&B Icon Angela Bofill Passes Away at 70



Renowned R&B and Jazz singer Angela Bofill, known for her iconic hits, has sadly passed away at the age of 70. The news was confirmed by her close friend and manager, Rich Engel, through heartfelt Facebook posts.

Born in the vibrant city of Brooklyn, New York, to a Cuban father and Puerto Rican mother, Bofill’s music was deeply inspired by Latin and Afro-American influences. Her journey began as a teenager performing with various groups before her sensational entrance into professional music labels.

In 1978, the world was introduced to Bofill’s talent through her debut album ‘Angie,’ which marked the beginning of her stellar career. The album achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success, featuring the beloved track ‘This Time I’ll Be Sweeter’ that resonated with fans.

Following her remarkable debut, Bofill’s music continued to captivate audiences with her second album, ‘Angel of the Night,’ released in quick succession. This album included chart-topping hits like ‘What I Wouldn’t Do (For the Love of You)’ and ‘I Try,’ a song later covered by Will Downing in 1991. Throughout her career, Bofill released a total of 10 albums, each exploring the profound theme of love.

In a candid interview with Essence in 2020, Bofill reflected on her life and career, debunking a prior death hoax that circulated online. Grateful for the outpouring of love and support, the singer shared her unwavering belief in the power of love and gratitude amidst trying times.

With her passing on June 13, 2024, a funeral service for Angela Bofill will take place at St. Dominick’s Church in California on June 28, 1 p.m., attended by her daughter, Shauna Bofill, and husband, Chris Portuguese. Bofill’s legacy as an R&B icon and a source of inspiration to many will forever be cherished in the hearts of her fans.

Rachel Adams

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