The singer and rapper Attrell Cordes, who formed half of the 1990s R&B group, P.M Dawn, has died.
Also known as Prince Be, Cordes had been suffering from diabetes and renal kidney disease and died on Friday after being hospitalised in his home state of New Jersey. The performer, who is considered by some as one of the most influential voices of the 90s, leaves behind his wife, Mary, and 3 children; Christian, Mia and Brandon.
Cordes started the critically acclaimed R&B duo P.M. Dawn in 1988 with his brother, Jarrett Cordes, also known as DJ Minutemix. Attrell and Jarrett Cordes described the group name as a nod to the fact that “in the darkest hour comes the light,” according to their website.
Their best-known song was the 1991 “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”. The song, a No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, was remade in 1997 by the Backstreet Boys. Their single “I’d Die Without You” was also featured in the 1992 Eddie Murphy comedy ‘Boomerang’.
The duo eventually parted ways as an act, with Cordes continuing under the PM Dawn name with his cousin Doc G. On the official Facebook page, Doc G wrote “Prince Be Rest In Peace Forever More, pain from diabetes can’t harm you anymore, My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long, Tell Grandma I said Hi & Stay Blisstatic & Strong”.