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Gap Band bassist Robert Wilson dies at 53

Robert Wilson, the bassist for the funk and R&B group the Gap Band, has died. He was 53.

Robert Wilson had been touring over the last few weeks, including a stop in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla.

The Tulsa World reported that he died Sunday of a heart attack in Palmdale. His death was confirmed by Karen Lee, publicist for his brother and Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson.

Robert Wilson provided the bass backbone for the trio, which also included another brother, Ronnie. They rocketed to stardom in the 1980s with hits such as "Outstanding," "You Dropped a Bomb On Me" and "Yearning for Your Love."

-- Associated Press

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No pun intended, but "you dropped a bomb on me" regarding the death of Robert Wilson. This is certainly an untimely death. I'm sure he will be missed by his brothers and all who appreciated his music.

It is terrible tragedy that Robert Wilson has passed away. You can help remember him by contributing to his memorial website at

I love the music of the gap band and loved "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" I loved "Early in the Morning" their other massive hit.

Robert may you rest in peace.

This is the 1st time I'm hearin' 'bout this. What a shocker! Robert was so young, too. He was photographed on 'Gap VI' with a cigarette in his hand. I sure hope smokin' didn't help to kill him. My prayers are sure with Charlie, Ronnie, and the rest of the Wilson families. God bless, Robert! RIP,my brother!


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