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Jessie Lee Daniels, founding member of the R&B group Force MDs, has died, the group announced via Facebook on Tuesday (Jan. 4). He was 58.
No cause of death has been revealed at this time.
“To one hell of a entertainer ‘Jessie D’ of legendary Force MDs. He ate, sleep and breathe music everyday,” read Force MDs’ message. “Please put a heart up for him. He was loved!!!!!!!!!! To the family, friends and fans today we lost a real talent. Our condolences goes out to his siblings, kids and the Force MDs….”
Daniels was born July 4, 1963, in Staten Island, New York, where he and his nephews Stevie D. Lundy, Antoine “T.C.D.” Lundy and Rodney “Khalil” Lundy formed Force MDs — which stands for “Musical Diversity” — in 1981. Their friends “Trisco” Pearson and Charles “Mercury” Nelson later joined.
Jessie D. (Jessie Lee Daniels), Trisco (Trisco Pearson), T.C.D. (Antoine Lundy), Stevie D. (Stevie D. Lundy) and Mercury (Charles Nelson) of The Force MD's poses for photos backstage at the U.I.C. Pavilion in Chicago in September, 1986. Raymond Boyd/GI