R&B Singer Jesse Powell Dead At 51

September 14, 2022

By: Mariah Fritz

90’s R&B singer-songwriter Jesse Powell has died in his Los Angeles home at the age of 51, according to Newsweek.

Originally from Gary, Indiana, he gained notoriety after his hit single in 1999 “You” reached no.14 on the Billboard Hot 100, then no. 10, and peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart. He was the older brother of Tamara and Trina Powell. 

Tamara announced her brother's death in an emotional Instagram post on Sept. 14, writing: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, and uncle Jesse Powell. He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home. The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn the tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy. Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career. We want you all to know that you meant the world to him." She signed off her statement with "The Powell Family." Powell’s cause of death has not been announced.

Tamara also posted a tribute to her brother in another Instagram post with Powell’s performance of “You”. She captioned the video: "That voice! Aside from being one of the best R&B male vocalists out there, you were the best big brother ever. I loved you so much. I'm thankful that we were so close; a whole mess all the time. We absolutely adored you "Jet" & our family will not be the same without you."

Powell released four studio albums during his career. His second was certified gold, titled “ 'Bout It”. It was then followed up with “JP” in 2001 and “Jesse” in 2003. He kept a relatively low profile after his fourth album release, but this hasn’t stopped fans from continuing to listen to his music today.