Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2016

The bearded and dapper Nicholas Caldwell at right with the other members of the Whispers.

Nicholas Caldwell

Band: The Whispers
Position: vocalist
Died: Jan. 5, 2016
Cause of death: heart disease
Age: 71
Distinction: Sang on the group's biggest hits, "Rock Steady" (No. 7, 1987) and "And the Beat Goes On" (No. 19, 1980), and wrote "Lady" (No. 28, 1980).

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