Attrell Cordes, the singer Prince Be from No. 1-charting R&B group P.M. Dawn, has died at age 46 from complications due to diabetes, Cordes’ bandmate and cousin Doc.G confirmed to Billboard.
“I can confirm that Prince Be has died in his sleep from complications with Diabetes. I am respectfully requesting privacy for his wife, children, parents,siblings, & other relatives while they grieve and I want 2 thank Billboard for their concern,” Doc.G (real name: Gregory Lewis Carr II) said in a statement to Billboard on Friday (June 17). “Maintain The Bliss. Blisstatically Yours, Doc.G Of P.M.Dawn.”
P.M. Dawn made its Billboard chart debut nearly 25 years ago, when “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” — which famously samples Spandau Ballet‘s “True” — bowed on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart on Oct. 5, 1991. The song reached the Billboard Hot 100 two weeks later and sailed to No. 1 on Nov. 30 of that year. The act would go on to earn seven further Hot 100 hits, including the top 40 singles “Paper Doll” (No. 28 peak), “I’d Die Without You” (No. 3) and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” (No. 6).
The group charted three albums on the Billboard 200, the highest of which — 1993’s The Bliss Album…? (Vibrations of Love and Anger and the Ponderance of Life and Existence) — peaked at No. 30.
According to People, Cordes is survived by his wife Mary and his three children, Christian, Mia and Brandon.
See the group’s Facebook post below:
UPDATE: This story was updated to include Doc.G’s statement.