According to, Frank Reed of the Chi-Lites has passed away and founding member Marshall Thompson (pictured) suffered a stroke this past week.

They are reporting:

Longtime SoulTrackers know that the Chi-Lites are among our all-time favorite groups. So we’re particularly distressed to give two pieces of bad news today. Chi-Lites founding member and leader Marshall Thompson reportedly suffered a stroke while attending the SoulTrain cruise. Thankfully, he is now stable and in the hospital.  We’re sending out our prayers for a full and speedy recovery for our good friend Marshall.

Sadly, group member Frank Reed, who took over lead vocal duties after the retirement of Eugene Record, has died. Reed was a talented singer who joined the group at a difficult time and served admirably through years on the road. He will be missed.

The reports have not been confirmed by representatives of the artists.

4 thoughts on “Chi-Lites’ Marshall Thompson Suffers Stroke, Member Frank Reed Passes Away

  1. Anthony Hicks on said:

    I’m Anthony Hicks from Chicago. I sang off and on with the group for 25 yrs. I live in California now and was just with them on valentine’s day the group went. I stayed behind frank was like a brother to and marshall also. when ever they came to cali. I worked with them. I brought frank to the Chi-lites he stayed and I move on, much love Anthony Hicks

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