Hi-Five Group Member Roderick ‘Pooh’ Clark Dead at 49: ‘Rest in Heaven’

“I am saddened to find out that Roderick ‘Pooh’ Clark another member of the famed singing group ‘Hi5’ passed away on Easter Sunday,” Hi-Five’s musical director Martinez Little mentioned on social media Monday
Hi-Five Group Member Roderick 'Pooh' Clark Dead at 49: 'Rest in Heaven'
MERRILLVILLE, IN – JANUARY 1991: SingerRoderick Clark of Hi-Five poses for photos backstage at the Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana in January 1991. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

By Media Music News – April 19, 2022

Hi-Five group member Roderick “Pooh” Clark has died at the young age of 49, according to a post on the group’s Instagram.

“OUR BROTHER OG RODERICK POOH CLARK 💐💐💐💐💐💔💔💔💔💔🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾😭😭😭😭😭 #officialhifive RIH,” the members shared on Monday. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

Band member Marcus Sanders also shared the news of his death alongside a photo and video of Roderick on Facebook.

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“Roderick ‘Pooh’ Clark Feb 27, 1973- April 17, 2022 Rest In Peace My Brother,” he wrote.

The band’s musical director Martinez Little also paid tribute to the singer on Facebook alongside a photo of the late singer.

“I am saddened to find out that Roderick ‘Pooh’ Clark another member of the famed singing group ‘Hi5’ passed away on Easter Sunday,” he mentioned.

He also thoughtfully recalled their time touring together with Hi-Five.

“Pooh was the most athletic of them all. In basketball he could stand right under the basket and jump straight up and dunk the ball,” he mentioned. “Our play fights and Super Soaker battles were epic. We also used to battle each other hard on the Bball court in most cities. I still miss the fun times touring with my little brothers as Musical Director. My condolences to Hi5 and his family. R.I.P. Pooh.”

Angela Garcia-Shelby, the ex-girlfriend of late Hi-Five lead singer Tony Thompson, also shared her condolences on Facebook.

“Roderick ‘Pooh’ Clark, thru all your life’s struggles, you fought the good fight and you did it with a smile from ear to ear,” she captioned alongside a throwback photo. “I hate I didn’t call u a few weeks ago when I told myself to! But, you always kept me on the phone for almost 2 hrs when we talked, and there was no cutting u off! Lol!”

“We had some amazing phone conversations in the past and some great visits when I came thru Waco! I’ll cherish them forever,” she continued. “I love u Pooh and you’ll forever be my big brother! No more wheelchair, bro! Now, WINGS!!! RIP! #HiFive #original.”

CHICAGO – APRIL 1991: Singers Marcus Sanders, Russell Neal, Tony Thompson and Roderick Clark (seated) and Treston Irby of Hi-Five poses for photos at the Holiday Inn Lakeshore in Chicago, Illinois in April 1991. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Hi-Five was involved in a car crash in 1993 that left Roderick Clark paralyzed from the chest down, according to SandraRose.com.

The Texas native was a founding member of group Hi-Five with Sanders, Thompson, Russell Neal and Toriano Easley.

The group is well known for their hit songs including “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” and “She’s Playing Hard to Get.”

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