Joni Sledge, a longtime Phoenix-area resident who was a member of the family act behind the beloved ’70s disco anthem “We Are Family,” was found dead Friday at her home in the Valley. She was 60.
The group announced the news on their Facebook page Saturday night: “Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We are saddened to inform you that our dear sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni passed away yesterday. Please pray for us as we weep for this loss. We do know that she is now eternally with Our Lord … We miss her and hurt for her presence, her radiance, and the sincerity with which she loved & embraced life.”