Levert's Family Announces Tribute, R&B Singer Suffered From Heart Disease

The family of late R&B singer Gerald Levert will publicly celebrate his career Friday (Nov. 17) with a musical tribute in Cleveland.

Stevie Wonder, Johnny Gill, Angie Stone, Angela Winbush and others are expected to attend the event, which will honor Levert's legacy.

The ceremony starts at 12:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Music Hall in downtown Cleveland. Fans will be admitted on a first come-first serve basis.

Levert died of a heart attack Nov. 10 at the age of 40. Preliminary autopsy results revealed that Levert suffered from a moderate heart disease that may have ultimately led to his death.

At the time of his death, Levert had just returned from a tour of South Africa with his father, Eddie Levert, lead singer of The O'Jays.

The singer had also finished a new studio album, set for release in Feb. 2007, and had co-authored his first book, I Got Your Back, with his father Eddie and author Lyah LeFlore.

The book explores themes such as fatherhood, male bonding and reconciliation for broken families.

The Levert family is asking that donations be made to the R&B Foundation and forwarded to Andy Gibson c/o Trevel Productions, Inc., P.O. Box 200375, Cleveland, Ohio, 44120.