DeBarge Family Matriarch Etterlene DeBarge Passes Away At 88


The DeBarge family is mourning the loss of their matriarch, Etterlene DeBarge, who passed away at the age of 88. The news was confirmed by her daughter, Etterlene “Bunny” DeBarge, who shared that her mother passed away peacefully in her sleep at Berkley Post-Acute in Woodland Hills on Friday morning. The cause of death has not been announced, but sources have revealed that Etterlene was battling dementia.

Key Takeaway

Etterlene DeBarge, the matriarch of the DeBarge family, has passed away at the age of 88. Her influence on her musically talented family and her impact on the music industry will be remembered and cherished.

Family and Legacy

Etterlene DeBarge, a gospel singer, was the mother of ten children, seven of whom went on to form the renowned Motown group DeBarge. She married Robert DeBarge in 1953, and together they built a large and musically talented family. Despite their eventual divorce in 1974, Etterlene’s impact on her children’s rise to fame was chronicled in her book “Other Side of the Pain.” She later married George Rodriguez in 1980, and their union lasted until her passing.

Remembering Etterlene

Etterlene DeBarge leaves behind a lasting legacy in the music industry through her children and grandchildren. Her influence and impact will continue to be felt through the music of the DeBarge family. She is survived by her husband, George, eight of her children, and numerous grandchildren. While the family mourns her passing, they take comfort in knowing that her memory will live on through her loved ones and her contributions to music.