The Grammy-winning Pointer Sisters' Anita Pointer passes away at age 74.

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Singer is praised by family as "the one that kept us all close and together for so long."

Praised by family  

When she passed away on New Year's Eve in her Beverly Hills home in California, she was surrounded by family.

New Year's Eve 

The Pointer Sisters' debut album, The Pointer Sisters, featuring their first successful single, 

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 Anita sang lead on the song Fairytale, which was co-written by her and Bonnie and nominated for a Grammy

Anita sang 

After Bonnie departed the group in 1978, it almost split up. But they persisted, and in the 1980s Anita

Bonnie departed 

Even though we are devastated by Anita's passing, the family expressed solace in the knowledge

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