R&B Singer Angela Bofill Dies at 70

Bofill, R&B singer known for hits like “I Try,” dies at 70 in Vallejo, California

Angela Bofill, 1960. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, AFRO AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS/GADO/GETTY)
Angela Bofill, 1960. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, AFRO AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS/GADO/GETTY)

Angela Bofill, the celebrated R&B singer known for her hits such as “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter,” “I Try,” and “Angel of the Night,” has died at the age of 70.

She passed away on the morning of Thursday, June 13, at her daughter’s home in Vallejo, California.

The news was confirmed by a representative and shared on Bofill’s personal Facebook account in two separate posts on Friday, June 14.

The first announcement on her Facebook page stated, “ON BEHALF OF MY DEAR FRIEND ANGIE, I AM SADDENED TO ANNOUNCE HER PASSING ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 13TH.” It also provided details about her funeral, which is scheduled to be held at St.

Dominick’s Church in California on June 28 at 1 p.m. A second post added further confirmation, stating, “JUST TO CLEAR UP THE CONFUSION. ON BEHALF OF SHAUNA BOFILL, HUSBAND CHRIS PORTUGUESE, WE ARE SADDENED BUT MUST REPORT THAT THE PASSING OF ANGELA YESTERDAY IS INDEED TRUE. WE THANK MELBA MOORE AND MAYSA FOR THEIR EARLY CONDOLENCES. THANKs FOR YOUR MANY POST.”

Both messages were signed by her friend and manager, Rich Engel.

Angela Bofill, who began her career in her teens, rose to fame in the late 1970s with her debut studio album “Angie,” released in 1978.

Angela Bofill, June 1979. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MICHAEL PUTLAND/GETTY)
Angela Bofill, June 1979. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MICHAEL PUTLAND/GETTY)

Throughout her career, she was known for her unique voice, which could effortlessly transition between low notes and high C, making her a standout performer in the R&B genre.

Some of her other notable hits include “Something About You,” “I’m on Your Side,” “Let Me Be the One,” and “I Just Wanna Stop.”

In a December 2020 interview with Essence magazine, Bofill reflected on her life and career, particularly after a death hoax about her circulated online earlier that year.

She recounted receiving numerous calls from concerned friends, asking if the rumors were true. Laughing about the incident, she said, “Friends calling up, ‘Oh my God, am I talking to the ghost of Angela Bofill?’ Thank God it’s not true.”

She expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and tributes, saying, “You always must welcome love.” She found humor in the situation, noting, “I figured, ‘They really like me!’ [I’m just] laughing at it, really. It’s better to have a sense of humor.”

Bofill had faced significant health challenges over the years, including two strokes in 2006 and 2007. Despite these setbacks, she maintained a positive outlook on life.

Speaking to The Denver Post in 2011, she discussed her determination to return to performing after a five-year hiatus to focus on her health. “I feel happy performing again,” she said.

“I need crowd. In the blood, entertain. Any time a crowd comes to see me, I’m surprised. No sing no more and still people come. Wow. Impressed.”

Angela Bofill Circa 1990. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, RALPH DOMINGUEZ/MEDIAPUNCH)
Angela Bofill Circa 1990. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, RALPH DOMINGUEZ/MEDIAPUNCH)

Her manager, Rich Engel, also spoke with The Denver Post, highlighting Bofill’s extraordinary talent. “She had a rare voice,” he said.

“She could hit low notes and could hit high C. Her pitch was perfect.” Despite the lasting effects of her strokes, such as difficulty walking and changes to her voice, Bofill remained upbeat.

“But my voice no sing. I rather not sing. Awful. Crack me up! Funny! I laugh about it. But very grateful — still living. Never take things for granted,” she said.

Angela Bofill’s career spanned several decades, during which she recorded numerous albums and captivated audiences with her powerful and emotive voice.

Her influence on the R&B genre is undeniable, and she is remembered not only for her musical talent but also for her resilience and positive spirit in the face of adversity.

As news of her passing spreads, fans and fellow artists alike are mourning the loss of a true musical icon.

Angela Bofill’s legacy will continue to live on through her music and the many lives she touched throughout her career. Her contributions to the world of R&B will not be forgotten, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

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