Sean Levert, son of singer Eddie Levert and a member of a hit-making trio with his late brother Gerald Levert, has died after a medical emergency in jail, the county coroner’s office said. Thirty-nine-year-old Sean Levert was sent to jail last week for failing to pay child support.
Sean Levert was a member of the R&B group LeVert with his late brother Gerald Levert and Marc Gordon. Gerald Levert died Nov. 10, 2006 at the age of 40.
His father Eddie Levert is the lead vocalist of the soul/funk vocal group, The O’Jays.
The O’Jays were originally known as The Triumphs and The Mascots. They were officially known as The O’Jays after they got their name from DJ Eddie O’Jay.
Sean Levert was taken from the Cuyahoga County jail about 11 p.m. Sunday and died within the hour at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, said Powell Caesar, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County’s coroner’s office. Levert was sentenced last week to one year and 10 months in jail for failing to pay $85,000 in child support.
An autopsy to determine the cause of death began Monday morning, Caesar said. Levert suffered from high blood pressure and had been hallucinating in jail, Caesar said.
Toxicology reports could take four to six weeks, Caesar said.
The Levert brothers and childhood friend Marc Gordon formed the R&B trio LeVert. Their hits included “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind” and “Casanova,” which debuted in 1987.