Sylvester “Syl” Johnson Passes Away At Age 85

WBLS Staff
02/08/2022 12:00 AM EST
Sylvester “Syl” Johnson, the legendary R&B singer has passed away at age 85. Johnson is also the father of singer Syleena Johnson. The family released a statement about the singer. “It is with extreme sadness that our family announces the passing of Soul & Blues Hall of Fame legend, Syl Johnson (born Sylvester Thompson in Holly Springs, MS). Dad, Brother, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Friend & Artist, he lived his life as a singer, musician, and entrepreneur who loved black music.”The statement continued, “A fiery, fierce, fighter, always standing for the pursuit of justice as it related to his music and sound, he will truly be missed by all who crossed his path. His catalog and legacy will be remembered as impeccable and a historical blueprint to all who experienced it.” The family has asked for prayers and privacy during this time. Syl Johnson is best known for his hit song “Different Strokes” which has become one of the most sampled songs by many hip hop artists. Our thoughts are with Johnson’s family and loved ones during this time.