Milli Vanilli lost a member of its star-powered team after John Davis died from Covid-19 Monday. The 66-year-old American singer passed away in the evening after battling the coronavirus. His daughter, Jasmin Davis, reported the news on Facebook.
Jasmin posted a video of the South Carolina-born singer performing Hallelujah in “high spirits.” Jasmin posted an explanation of what happened to her father alongside the video. “Unfortunately, my dad passed away this evening through the coronavirus,” she wrote.
John Davis’ daughter continued, saying that “he made a lot of people happy with his laughter and smile, his happy spirit, love and especially through his music. He gave so much to the world! Please give him the last round of applause. We will miss him dearly.”
John is one of the real voices behind Milli Vanilli, an R&B group known for smash hits like Girl You Know It’s True and I’m Gonna Miss You. Jasmin explained on Facebook that she would keep fans posted, but to “please respect the family’s privacy in this time.”
The ’90s R&B group was front-manned by Fabric Morvan and Rob Pilatus, though it was later revealed that they had been lip-syncing the whole time. John Davis and other talented singers were the real voices of Milli Vanilli since their 1989 Girl You Know It’s True album.
John Davis was famously overshadowed by Fabric and Rob, who took the credit for the 7 million copies sold worldwide. They won a Grammy for best new artist, but when John Davis and others were revealed to be the real voices of Milli Vanilli, that award was stripped from the group.
People often wonder what happened to the frontmen of Milli Vanilli after the revelation. The group disbanded due to its bad press and re-formed as Rob and Fab in 1991. The new group, however, had no luck in reaching the success of its previous iteration. Unfortunately, Rob, one half of the duo, died in a German hotel room in 1998 after combining alcohol and pills.
John Davis famously spoke out about the tragic events. In an interview on OWN’s Where They Are Now, John said that he could “imagine how hard it is, you’re a world star and everyone knows you’re the guy who sings [in] Milli Vanilli, and then all of a sudden everyone knows that you’re a fake.”
He explained that there was “nowhere [Rob could] go in this world [where] people are not making fun of you.”
John Davis and the real voices of Milli Vanilli – Jodie Rocco, Lina Rocco, and Brad Howell – all formed their own group after the fallout: The Real Milli Vanilli. The group posted on Twitter expressing their gratitude for all of John’s work.
“It’s a sad day… RIP John,” the group posted on Twitter. “We wouldn’t be who we are without you…”