Cynthia Robinson, founding member of Sly And The Family Stone, dies aged 69

The trumpeter had been suffering from cancer

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Cynthia Robinson, a founding member of Sly And The Family Stone, has died aged 69.

According to a post on her Facebook page, she died on Monday, November 23.

“Friends, Famliy and Fans through out the world, Cynthia Robinson, Trumpeter and Co- Founder of Sly and The Family Stone has passed.
“Our condolences go out to the Robinson Family and her bandmates and all family & friends ! You are in our thoughts and prayers and we are here for you. Please continue to support the Cynthia Robinson Cancer Care Fund due to the rising medical costs ( anything helps ). This site will stay up in her memory. God bless you Cynthia!”


Born in Sacramento, California, Robinson met Sly Stone while still in high school and began working with him in 1966, when the bandleader put together a group called the Stoners.

As a trumpet player and vocalist, she played with Sly And The Family Stone until the band’s break up in 1975, but continued to collaborate with Stone.

She also played with George Clinton and Prince, as well as her cousin – and fellow member of the Family Stone – Larry Graham in Graham Central Station.

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