Rudolph Isley, founding member of The Isley Brothers, passes away at 84


Rudolph Isley, a founding member of The Isley Brothers, passed away at the age of 84.

The singer died peacefully in his sleeps, on morning of Wednesday, as confirmed by his daughter Elaine in a statement to PEOPLE.

“He died at his home with his devoted wife Elaine by his side. They had been married for 68 years,” said his daughter. She added that the late singer was a deeply religious man and loved Jesus.


Rudolph’s brother, Ronald, who also happens to be his bandmate, said he is short of words for expressing his feelings and love for his brother. “Our family will miss him. But I know he’s in a better place.”

The news of the death was first reported by TMZ. The cause of death is yet to be determined.

Rudolph is survived by his wife, Elaine Jasper Isley, and their children Elizabeth, Valerie, Elaine and Rudy, along with his grandchildren.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rudolph grew up singing in church and began a band The Isley Brothers with his siblings O’Kelly, Ronald, and Vernon in his teens. Post the death of Vernon, in 1955 in a car accident, the band shifted to New York City where they sought out a record deal. Just a year ahead of the brothers band was to sign deal with RCA Records and land their breakout hit ‘Shout’, he married Elaine.