Roderick “Pooh” Clark, a founding member of the ’90s R&B group Hi-Five, has died. He was 49.
While his friends and family have not confirmed an official cause of death, TMZ reports that the entertainer succumbed to an infection after suffering from pneumonia at a hospital in Waco, Texas.
Nearly three decades ago, Clark was involved in a serious car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down and prone to infections, according to the outlet.
“We were blessed and had a great time as a family. A big part of what made the fun was Roderick ‘Pooh’ Clark,” said Jonathan Kinloch, the group’s former manager. said in a statement. “He was the serious member who made sure the boys worked hard together. But we will also have a fun time as teenagers!”
“Pooh was the sportiest of them all” wrote Martinez Little, the musical director of Hi-Five, in a Facebook tribute. “In basketball, he could stand right under the hoop and jump straight up and dunk the ball. Our game fights and Super Soaker fights were epic. We used to fight each other hard on the ball court in most cities too. I still miss the fun times of touring with my little brothers as musical director. My condolences to Hi5 and his family. RIP Pooh.”
The R&B group’s career was short-lived, but it still topped the charts.
In 1991 their track “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” rose to No. 1, following the band’s self-titled debut album the year before, recorded by original members Clark, Tony Thompson, Marcus Sanders, Russell Neal and Toriano Leicht, appointment reported. All but Oklahoma-born Easley were from Waco.
Other hits throughout their three-year career include “She’s Playing Hard to Get” and “Quality Time,” featuring tracks from the films Menace II Society and Sister Act 2.
But their time as a group ended abruptly after the 1992 car accident that paralyzed Clark on Interstate 95 when, according to her, their vehicle struck the rear and subsequently overturned Memory in an episode of “Unsung” in 2014.
Hi-Five continues to tour and perform with new band members.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/19/hi-fives-roderick-pooh-clark-dead-i-like-the-way-singer-was-49/ The “I Like the Way” singer was 49 years old