R&B Singer Sean LeVert Dies after One Week in Jail
The 39-year-old son of lead O’Jays singer Eddie LeVert, was declared dead Sunday night at about 11:57 a.m. Leveret was reportedly sick and went to the infirmary of the Cuyahoga County Jail, where he was detained for failing to pay approximately $80,000 in child support.
His body was taken from the prison’s medical facility to the Lutheran Hospital.
According to a jail official, a guard who checked on LeVert noticed he couldn’t breathe normally. The guard called staff from the medical facility of the prison, but they couldn’t save his life. The jail official added that they weren’t aware of any pre-existing medical condition that could have helped them prevent this.
LeVert had been in jail for about a week.
The cause of his death is still unknown, but the autopsy scheduled to take pace on Monday morning will surely bring more light to the case. Toxicology tests will also be carried out according to Cleveland Coroner’s spokesman Powell Caesar.
Sean LeVert of Streetsboro was the younger brother of Gerald LeVert and a member of the band “LeVert.” His brother Gerald, a Grammy award winner, also passed away on November 10, 2006 at the age of 40. He was found dead in his bed at his Newbury home.
The “LeVert” band was an R&B group formed in 1984 in Cleveland. Its founding members were Sean and Gerald LeVert and Marc Gordon. The group increased their popularity with hits like (Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind and Casanova. Sean LeVert also featured in a few movies such as “New Jack City.”
The LeVerts enjoyed much appreciation in their native Canton, where a street was named after them.