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Monday, March 31, 2008

Sean Levert, R&B Performer, Dead Age 39

The son of famed R&B lead singer of the popular group The O'Jays, and younger brother of the late Gerald Levert has died.


No funeral arrangements have been announced by the family.

Details from the Ohio Cuyahoga County Sheriff Department are sketchy. In an announcement today the sheriff's department said in part "Mr. Levert was remanded to our custody on Monday, March 24, after being sentenced to the state prison system by Cuyahoga County Judge Nancy M. Russo for criminal non-support. He was sentenced to two, consecutive 11-month sentences and was to be turned over to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as early as Tuesday, April 1."

Levert was in custody after sentencing procedures for six counts of criminal non-payment of child support allegedly amounting to $80,000 for children ages 11, 15 and 17.

Sean Levert, like his late brother suffered from high blood pressure.

After five days in the county jail's general population Levert began to display some unusual behavior according to the sheriff's department. He was then put under observation.

On Sunday evening, March 30, 2008, Levert was placed in restraints without resistance. Approximately 20 minutes later he was found in distress jail officials said.

The coroner says Levert died at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland late Sunday, less than an hour after being taken there from the jail.

The cause of death is undetermined at this time. An autopsy is expected to be performed today. Toxicology tests are being done, as well, but those results are usually not expected back for 4 to 6 weeks. This information provided today by the Cuyahoga County Coroner's spokesman.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff Department's Detective Bureau and the Coroner's Office
are reportedly investigating this matter.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Sean Levert.


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