COLONEL ABRAMS, an American House singer famous for songs like Trapped and performing in a band with Prince, has died at 67, having been homeless for some time.
He wrote: “He is at peace and our condolences go out to his family, and fans worldwide, he is no longer suffering or Trapped!”
As alluded to in the tribute, Abrams most celebrated track was Trapped, a 1985 hit which reached No 3 in the UK.
Abrams was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1949 and from an early age began playing the guitar and piano.
Colonel Abrams was most famous for his 1985 hit Trapped
Once Prince’s solo career kicked off the band split, having recorded Just Another Sucker in 1977.
Moving to New York in the early 1980s, Abrams saw success by blending Motown with the hard street rhythms of the Big Apple.
Speaking to the Associated Press in the 1980s, he said: “I studied all the people on Motown, and I studied the music and listened to the lyrics Smokey Robinson used to write, and just craved the opportunity to be on Motown.
“But after my family moved to New York, I studied street music, and I sort of combined them both: The Detroit sound and the street sounds of New York.”
However, in his final years the singer fell on hard times and found himself homeless in New York.
Last year Herbert and DJ Marshall Jefferson launched a crowdfunding campaign for Abrams.
Abrams pictured with Muhammad Ali’s daughter in 2004
At the time they said: “Those of us who have listened to his awesome music and know of his plight, have banded together to try and help him through this rough patch.”
Upon his death tributes were also paid by the likes of Dave Pearce, Joey Negro and Swizz Beatz.