Jessie D, From Beloved ’80s R&B Group Force M.D.s, Has Died

Force M.D.s were known for being pioneers in hip-hop and R&B On Tuesday, it was confirmed on the group’s Facebook page member Jessie D had died.

Force M.D.s member Jessie D (real name Jessie Lee Daniels) has passed away at 58-years-old. As the fifth Force M.D.s member to have died, the news was confirmed on the group’s Facebook page on Tuesday evening. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.

“To one hell of a [sic] entertainer. ‘Jessie D’ of legendary Force MDs,” the post said. “He ate, sleep [sic] and breathe music everyday. 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….”

Formed on Staten Island in 1981, the Force M.D.s were originally named The L.D.s, but landed on the Force M.D.s which stood for “Musical Diversity”. The group went on to release six studio albums, including the 1984 debut Love Letters and their 1985 sophomore album Chillin’ which featured their signature track “Tender Love”. The song also appeared on the soundtrack for 1985 hip-hop film Krush Groove.

Force M.D.s members Charles “Mercury” Nelson died from a heart attack in 1995, Antoine “T.C.D.” Lundy died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1998, and Trisco Pearson died of cancer in 2016. Former Force M.D.s DJ, DJ Dr. Rock, also died in 1996 from natural causes.

Fellow 1980s artists MC Debbie D and DJ/dancer Luis “Beatbreak Lou” Flores paid tribute to Jessie D on social media.

“RIP my brother and thank you for your early contribution to hip hop! It was a pleasure sharing stages like Harlem World with you and the Force!” said MC Debbie D.

Questlove also honored Jessie D and the Force M.D.s in an Instagram post.

“Another legend enters his phase as a musical ancestor. Rest eternally to Jessie D of the #ForceMCs/#Force MDs. Probably the one outfit that truly managed to soar from those phase one of hip hop (search for those legendary routines from those 82-85 tapes on YouTube) to the mainstream.”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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