Who was Jada Pointer?
Jada Pointer was the only child of Anita Pointer, one of the founding members of the legendary R&B and soul group The Pointer Sisters. Jada was born in 1966 to Anita and her first husband David Harper, whom she married when she was only 17 years old. The couple divorced shortly after Jada’s birth.
Jada was the inspiration for the song “Jada”, which was written by The Pointer Sisters and featured on their 1973 self-titled debut album. The song is a lullaby that expresses the love and hopes that Anita had for her daughter.
Jada grew up surrounded by music and fame, as The Pointer Sisters rose to stardom in the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Jump (For My Love)”, “Fire”, and “I’m So Excited”. Jada also had a close bond with her aunts Ruth, Bonnie, and June, who were part of the group.
How did Jada Pointer die?
Jada Pointer died tragically young at the age of 37 from pancreatic cancer in 2003. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive and deadly forms of cancer, with a low survival rate and few effective treatments. According to Venturejolt, Jada’s representative told TMZ that she died after a “somewhat lengthy and heroic battle with cancer”.
Jada left behind a daughter, Roxie McKain Pointer, who was raised by Anita, who became her legal guardian. Anita was devastated by the loss of her only child, and said in an interview with DailyMailTV, “I will never get over it. I cry almost every day for my baby. I loved her so much, she was my only child.”
How did Anita Pointer cope with her daughter’s death?
Anita Pointer faced many challenges and hardships in her life, including a divorce, a cancer diagnosis, a near collapse on stage, and the deaths of her sisters June and Bonnie. But nothing compared to the pain of losing her daughter Jada.
Anita said that she tried to stay strong and positive for her granddaughter Roxie, who was only nine years old when Jada died. She also found comfort in her faith and her music, which helped her heal and express her emotions.
Anita retired from music in 2015, after suffering a health scare during a performance in Curaçao. She said that she was pushing herself too hard to make people happy, while neglecting her own well-being. She decided to focus on her family and her personal projects, such as writing a memoir and creating a museum of The Pointer Sisters’ memorabilia.
Anita also said that she felt peace knowing that Jada was reunited with her sisters June and Bonnie in heaven. She said in a statement issued by her family, “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted in knowing she is now with her daughter, Jada and her sisters June & Bonnie and at peace.”