Tributes have been paid to R&B singer-songwriter Joyce Sims, who has died aged 63.
Sims shot to fame in the late 1980s when her single Come Into My Life reached the top 10 in the US and UK.
Her debut hit, All and All, reached number six on the US Dance Chart and broke into the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart.
Sims, from Rochester in New York, was touring England this summer and was due to release an album this year.
His death was confirmed on social media by family members. The Guardian has contacted representatives for The Sims.
Annette Ramsey, one of The Sims’ siblings, said “my heart is broken” and added on Facebook: “I will always remember the happy times we shared, the love and support you gave me. have brought will not be in vain. I love you Big Sis RIP.
Debbie Sims Hall, another Sims sister, described the late singer as “a beautiful soul inside and out” who “will be truly missed”.
Chris Rizik, editor of the SoulTracks website, described Sims as “a great talent who sang, wrote and performed for us for over three decades”.
He added“The music world will mourn the passing of this multifaceted talent whose impact on music has been even greater than the mass popularity it has gained over the past three and a half decades.”
The Sims, who have built a loyal fanbase in the UK, found success with tracks such as Lifetime Love, Walk Away and Looking for a Love. His music has been sampled or covered by stars such as Snoop Dogg, Angie Stone and Randy Crawford.
BBC broadcaster Edward Adoo said All and All and Come Into My Life were “part of my childhood on specialist and daytime radio”. He added: “Very sad news to wake up to…Joyce was a big part of the soul scene. May she rest in peace.”
Singer Loretta, who has performed with Happy Mondays, Gorillaz and Swedish House Mafia, wrote “RIP Joyce Sims” along with a video for the 1987 hit Come Into My Life.
Music journalist Pete Paphides posted: “Sad news. Joyce Sims & Kurtis Mantronik was one of the great collaborations of its time: its beautiful songs and its painfully open voice + the irrepressible joie de vivre of its production. Those tunes have always sounded to me like puppy love played amid space invader machines and milkshakes.
Stan Collymore, the former England and Liverpool footballer, added: “Lovely memories of All and All looping on my Sony Walkman taking the bus to Walsall FC as an apprentice every morning. Thanks for the music Joyce, may you rest in peace.
Sims had two children and lived with her husband, Errol, in New Jersey.
In an interview earlier this year, Sims opened up about growing up as one of five siblings in a “close-knit” family. His mother was a chef in the family restaurant and his father was a machinist for Kodak.
Sims said “money was tight” as a child, but her family had “everything we needed and some of the things we wanted.”
Her debut album, Come Into My Life, was released in 1987 and the title track rose to the top of the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic. She said this year, “A lot of dreams and aspirations that I had came true when this album came out.”
Asked in the interview what she would do if she became UK Chancellor, Sims said: ‘I would end hunger and homelessness. I would increase funding for organizations that support the UK’s poorest families. I would try to end poverty and make sure everyone has enough to live on.
“In my opinion, no one in the UK – or the US – should go hungry or be homeless. If everyone could have a home and not worry about food, I think they would live more productive lives – and the world would be a better place.