TRAPPED singer Colonel Abrams has died at the age of 67.
The American singer was found dead after living homeless on the streets of New York.
His death was announced on Facebook by DJ Tony ‘Tune’ Herbert.
“Just got word that Colonel Abrams has past away on Thanksgiving, one year to the date that I and a host of his biggest fans fought to get him to let us help him,” he wrote.
“Now he is at peace and our condolences go out to his family, and fans world wide.
“He is no longer suffering or Trapped!!!”
Colonel was a hit R&B singer who gained popularity with his dance club songs in the 1980s.
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Most notable was his 1985 song Trapped which soon became known as his signature tune.
Discussing his work, the musician explained how he created his own unique sound after moving to New York.
“I studied all the people on Motown,” The Mirror reports Colonel as saying.
“I studied the music and listened to the lyrics Smokey Robinson used to write, and just craved the opportunity to be on Motown.
“But after my family moved to New York, I studied street music, and I sort of combined them both: The Detroit sound and the street sounds of New York.”
In 2015 a crowdfunding campaign was launched via GoFundMe in order to help the star after it was revealed he was homeless.
The performer also suffered from diabetes and poor mental health.
“The Colonel is very ill with no permanent place of his own to live at this time and limited financial resources,” read a statement from the page at the time.
“Those of us who have listened to his awesome music and know of his plight, have banned together to try and help him through this rough patch.”
Since the news of Colonel’s death was announced, tributes to the star have poured in through social media.
“Just learned Colonel Abrams passed away. Never to be forgotten, R.I.P,” tweeted House DJ star Marshall Jefferson.
While comedian Dara O’Briain wrote: “Ah, Colonel Abrams has died. Loved both “Trapped” and that fit of giggles with @MrEdByrne on Mock about “Trapped”.”