Ohio Players Frontman "Sugarfoot" Bonner Dead

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    Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner, of the Ohio Players, playing a double-necked guitar during a concert performance by the U.S. funk band, circa 1970.

    Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died in southwest Ohio. He was 69.

    A spokeswoman for a Dayton-area funeral home confirms he died Saturday and says the family has not scheduled any public services yet. 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.

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