One of the true voices behind Milli Vanilli has died.
John Davis passed away at the age of 66 on Monday after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
“My dad passed away this evening through the coronavirus,” his daughter Jasmin posted to Facebook.
“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.”
Milli Vanilli – which included Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan – was best known for their hits, ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’, ‘Girl You Know It’s True’, ‘Blame It On The Rain’ and ‘Babe Don’t Forget My Number’.
The duo won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1990.
However, it was soon revealed that Pilatus and Morvan didn’t actually sing the songs on the album – one of the real singers was John Davis.
The scandal resulted in the duo having to return their Grammy.
The pair made an attempt at a comeback, but on the eve of the new album’s promotional tour on 2 April 1998, Pilatus was found dead of a suspected alcohol and prescription drug overdose in a hotel in Germany.
Following the lip-syncing scandal, Davis and fellow ghost singer Brad Howell formed The Real Milli Vanilli. The group released only one album, The Moment of Truth, in 1991.
In 2014, Davis was interviewed alongside Howell and other Milli Vanilli singers Jodie and Linda Rocco, for an Oprah: Where Are They Now special.
Morvan kept in touch with Davis over the years, even working on an album with him, called Face Meets Voice, in 2015.
He paid tribute to Davis on Twitter: “R.I.P brother @johndavisrmv Can’t believe it, thanks for all the love you’ve spread through out the years, from the edge of the stage. You and I had a great run, it was fun to celebrate life with the help of music. Peace one love Your voice will live on. Play it loud everybody.”
R.I.P BROTHER @JohnDavisRMV
CAN’T BELIEVE IT, THANKS FOR ALL THE LOVE YOU’VE SPREAD THROUGH OUT THE YEARS, FROM THE EDGE OF THE STAGE. YOU AND I HAD A GREAT RUN, IT WAS FUN TO CELEBRATE LIFE WITH THE HELP OF MUSIC. PEACE ONE LOVE
YOUR VOICE WILL LIVE ON. PLAY IT LOUD EVERYBODY. pic.twitter.com/tlvSEiYoS4
— Fab Morvan (@fabmorvan) May 24, 2021