Founding member of the R&B group, The Gap Band, Ronnie Wilson, has died at the age of 73.

This development was disclosed by his wife, Linda Boulware-Wilson, in a Facebook post published Tuesday, CNN reports.

Boulware-Wilson wrote an emotional message to express herself concerning the death of her husband: “The love of my life was called home this morning, at 10:01am. Please continue to pray for The Wilson, Boulware, and Collins family, while we mourn his passing.”

On his feats and achievements, the band’s website, revealed that:  “Ronnie Wilson was a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, Trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early seventies. He will be truly missed!!!”

Wilson formed The Gap Band in the late 1960s along with his brothers Charlie and Robert,

The history of the group cannot be complete without acknowledging that it was originally named The Greenwood Archer Pine Street Band, after three streets in a Black area of their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was targeted by a White mob during the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.

The name was later abbreviated to The G.A.P. Band and finally The Gap Band.