Hi-Five’s Lead Singer Tony Thompson Death Ruled An Overdose

July 2, 2007

Just a few weeks ago I was in my “buy the oldies but goodies” mode, and purchased one of my favorite 199o’s cuts, Hi-Five’s “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game).” Maybe it’s in bad taste to talk about this now, but that video was the first time I remember being turned on by the sight of another man’s lips. Good Lawd!

I just learned today, that the lead singer Tony Thompson died in East Waco, Texas. He was only 31. The autopsy release over the weekend ruled the death an accidental overdose. From the Waco Tribune Herald:

“Rhythm-and-blues singer Tony Thompson, whose body was found near an air-conditioning unit outside an East Waco apartment complex earlier this month, died accidentally while “huffing” Freon, an autopsy report released Friday shows.

Dr. Reade A. Quinton, a medical examiner at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, determined that Thompson, 31, died from “toxic effects of chlorodifluoromethane,” or inhaling a toxic amount of Freon.

Freon is a gas primarily used in refrigeration and air-conditioning units.

Thompson, a Waco native and former lead singer for the platinum-selling Waco quintet Hi-Five in the 1990s, was found dead outside an apartment complex June 1.”

Here’s a clip of the video and song that gave us one of the best R&B songs of the 1990′s:

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29 Responses to Hi-Five’s Lead Singer Tony Thompson Death Ruled An Overdose

  1. Pat says:

    I would like to suggest to the family of Tony Thompson to think about putting together a documentary on Tony. Behind the music or doing a tribute on BET. I think this process will help the family deal with the untimely death of Tony Thompson and to have some of closure for his fans. Kenyon, do you think that recording industry is a melting pot of problems for young artist coming up in the music industry? We hear stories of child actors problems with drugs. What about child recording stars in the musici industry?

  2. I think that this was very shocking!! Its sad that Tony had to go so soon and so early. I wonder if the using of drugs is common for people who once were so popular then go to being nearly has beens…. Its sad but life quite often throws schocking curves. The only thing to do is to pray, I know i have my share of HI-FIVE songs and memories of all the hits . I wonder what was so horrific in his life for him to persue drug abuse?

  3. Pat says:

    Kelsey Gordon, I agree with your statement what was so horrific to indulge in huffing ferone of all things!! It is so easy for others to judge; but unless we walked in Tony Thompson shoes we will never know what really went on. He left behind a 15 year old son named Tevin. The only reason, I got involved in writing in to these blogs is to make sense of Tony’s death. I never knew him personally but I loved his voice.

  4. Troy says:

    Unfortunately, many who were once showered with adoration, fame, money, etc., cannot adjust psychologically when these things come to an abrupt end. They then seek to medicate themselves in an attempt to cope with their losses. To that extent, we are all no different than Tony. Some just use food, alcohol or other means. One possible preventative measure is to take these mere “things” for what they are, i.e., transitory blessings from God which do not define who we really are on the inside or who we should be striving to become. Once put into this context we avoid the emotional devastation that occurs when God is ready to move us into other areas of life. My prayers to Tony’s family during their time of bereavement and to those whom Tony touched. He will be missed.
    ” And the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and lead them unto the living fountains of water: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Rev. 7:17.

    • Chris says:

      I don’t know how I cam across this page, but the article caught my attention, but this comment by Troy was so well articulated and made so much sense, that I think I will give a lot more thought to any news I hear before I jump to making a judgement. No one knows what another person deals with, but I think a lot of people find it easy to judge without looking at their own short comings, myself included. Thank you Tony for opening my mind.

    • Just-uss says:

      OMG! I feel so stupid! I had no idea that Tony has passed away. The way he was found just really breaks my heart. I have all of Hi-Five’s music, and Tony’s single album that i purchased in 1995. I play it all the time. RIP, child of God. May your soul be with our Father, which art in heaven. (tears) @Troy. Your informative information was very well articulated Bro.

    • From the Inside says:

      I just got wind of the passing of Vesta Williams and thought about the news of Tony and hoped that it was not similar circumstances. Unfortunately, our world can be quite unforgiving. It is one thing to know from an early age you want to be a doctor or a lawyer or fireman or anything else and then do it and fulfill your purpose. But when something goes wrong and you are no longer permitted to serve in that manner and are forced to make a career change.. for most private individuals this is okay. But to a public figure, such a career change is indeed Horrific!!! Can you imagine Tony or Vesta coming to work along side of you on your job? What would you always say? Man or Girl why you workin’ here? What happen? When you get upset about the company and vent… what will come out? “If I were you… I don’t know why you still workin’ here?” And then not to mention some of us who want to be mean spirited like those Gary Coleman had to contend with while a Security guard at the Fox Hills Mall and Cleaners episodes… “That’s why nobody likes you and you couldn’t make it as a singer, actor or whatever it was they did?” Hope this sheds a little light on what Horrors society creates. There is a divide between the public and the artists many times… and there are many of our favorite artist’s who we’d love to support being told they are washed up and no longer relevant when the public would have better to say. Just my take is all…

      For this cause support of the arts and those who live the gifts endowed upon them by the CREATOR is very important! Most of us in society find it commonplace to put off dreams for jobs and not pursue our life’s work… but to the TRUE Artist it is not the fame nor the glory they give in to… it is what they survive to stay true to producing their life’s work with integrity and authenticity to the CREATOR that put them here!

    • Isis Woods says:

      Tony your post took the words right out of my mouth. I have all of Hi-5′s hits/albums..I was a teen in love with Tony during their time at the top…God bless his family, cuz I know its STILL difficult to deal with his untimely death. I pray that I am a good enough parent that my children r able to communicate with me ANYTHING they are going thru, and pray that they NEVER turn to drugs as a means to cope with reality.

    • Lodisha C. Washington says:

      I JUST WANNA SAY THAT I GAINED A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP IN 2003 WITH MR. TONY THOMPSON IN FT. WORTH, TX ,AND IT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN HISTORY THAT ONE PERSON COULD EVER GET. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE SINGERS OF ALL TIMES. I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET TONY’S BEAUTIFUL VOICE NOR HIS SWEET SPIRIT THAT HE POSSESSED. TONY U GET SOME REST & KNOW ONE THING, U WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART FOR DEAR LIFE. I LOVE & TRULY MISS U MY BROTHER IN CHRIST. GOD WILL KEEP HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND U. R.I.P HI-FIVE’S GREATEST. PEACE.

  5. Ms Brown says:

    I am still upset over the terrible news of Tony’s passing.

    I have always cursed the entertainment industry and will continue to curse it for what it does to people. Not everyone is capable of dealing with the industry and the snakes that work in it, even the people who think their strong. This death should have never happened. It’s a shame that Tony did not experience the love that we are showing him now that he is gone. I believe that things would be different if he knew he was so loved.

    You are at peace now sweet angel. You can sing in the choir above where there is not hurt, no passing judgement and no pain.

    You’ll be missed but not forgotten.

    Good Bye Sweet Angel.

  6. Pat says:

    Ms. Brown, you made a statement that Tony Thompson, might still be around if he knew that he was loved. I knew without a doubt that Tony’s family loved him a great deal;however,
    Tony had to first love himself in order to accept love from others. I think all artist need to have an advocate in place to enlighten them on the business itself. I think Mary J. Blige, stated that it is 90% business and 10% music.
    in the entertainment business if you don’t have your FAITH, GOD, family or a strong management team in place you tend to fall very quickly. I am writing into VH1 in hopes of getting a documentary of Hi-five, Troop and other artist aired.

  7. Nikki says:

    I am so hurt by this, because I was in love with Tony back in the day. I was listening to “Kissing Game”, and something said look them up and see what has happened to them, and then I read this….So hurt!!! I did get a chance to meet Tony years back when he came out solo, and he was a nice guy. I have some pics to remember him by, but I just can’t believe it. I was a true fan. I pray that his family, friends, and group members find peace and joy at some point, because he is a true angel.

  8. MICHELLE says:

    ITS REALLY SAD TO HEAR OF TONYS DEATH.I WENT ON U TUBE TODAY AND SOMETHING JUST SAID LET ME HEAR 1 OF HIS SONGS and saw that he died on july 5th really sad.HIS MUSIC HAD SO MUCH MEMORY NEVER FORGOTTEN.MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  9. Shonita says:

    May Tony Rest In Peace, & May God give his Family & Friends the strength to carry through.

  10. THE BLACK MARILYN MONROE says:

    i love you forever…so upset that no one was there to help you…shame on them and your community…i know we will meet again love…i love you forever…

    http://www.myspace.com/nicetygrll07

  11. Ace says:

    I just would like to say God bless this young man’s family and closes friends. I was born in the 70′s and my high school yours were the 90′s. I listen to the group Hi-Five and thought they had some very good music. Im very sad to find out that Tony died behind huffing. I use to get high until I found out I was only hidding or just didnt want to face up to my problems or situation in my life . what ever that an endividual is going through I guarntee you the drug will not help or solve the problem in fact it only makes it worse. I hope everyone will learn from this talented and gifted young man…(ACE)

  12. Peaches says:

    I know this is late, but I was just listening to Hi-Five a little while ago and I decided to go on the Internet and find out whatever happened to Tony Thompson. I’m very shocked and saddened about his death. It brought tears to my eyes. I can’t believe he’s gone. He is one of my favorite singers and I’ll really miss him. My favorite songs that he sung are ‘Faithful’, ‘Unconditional Love’, and ‘I Can’t Wait Another Minute’. May God be with his family and strengthen them for their loss. Much love to his family.

  13. Sha-Ron Heslep says:

    I can remember listening to Hi five back in the day and admiring the awesome voice of lil Tony.
    I even had the opportunity to meet one of the members of the group, but I never got to meet Tony.
    I just wish that some one could’ve helped him before he got to this point. I am very sad about his death!
    My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. RIP Tony!

  14. I am totally shocked! I didn’t know that he died until 2 hours ago as I was watching Hi Five videos on youtube! I used to be in love with Tony and watching those videos made me wish that I was that teenage girl again when love was innocent and pure. Tony’s voice made me, and I’m sure many other young ladies, think that he was singing to ONLY me-LOL, that’s the way he made me feel. He was so sweet and suave as he moved to his own music and his lips were so sexy, that’s when I realized that I love guys with nice lips. Tony will be missed and I will always be his fan….REST IN PEACE TONY.

  15. stephanie allen says:

    why do all good people die young tony thompson was a nice guy had the voice of in angel

  16. Sharlene Austin says:

    I am absolutely shocked about what happened to Tony Thompson! I just found this out yesterday from one of my friends on Facebook who posted the YouTube Video of the “I Like The Way (Kissing Game)”. Tony was my favorite singer as he was with a lot of women. He had this voice that made every girl melt, when you heard him sing. I am very saddened about his death. I can’t believe four years have gone by and myself being a true fan of his, had no clue of his passing. When I was a teenager, I was in love with his eyes, lips, and the way he smiled. I never got the chance to meet Tony or the other group members. It would really be nice if BET, or VH1 do a documentary on Hi-Five as well as other artist that we no longer hear about. We will never know what Tony was going through for him to make the decision he made in regards to “huffing”. What I can say is that his voice, lips and smile will always live in my head forever. I will always be your true fan. Rest In Peace Tony (My dear angel). You will truly be missed, but never forgotten.

  17. Sharlene Austin says:

    I am absolutely shocked about what happened to Tony Thompson! I just found this out yesterday from one of my friends on Facebook who posted the YouTube Video of “I Like The Way (Kissing Game)”. Tony was my favorite singer, as he was with a lot of women. He had this voice that made every girl melt, whenever you heard him sing. I am very saddened about his death. I can’t believe four years have gone by and myself being a true fan had no clue of his passing. When I was a teenager, I was in love with his eyes, lips, and the way he smiled. I never got the chance to meet Tony or the other group members. It would really be nice if BET, or VH1 do a documentary on Hi-Five as well as other artist that we no longer hear about. We will never know what Tony was going through for him to make the decision he made in regards to “huffing”. What I can say is that his voice, lips and smile will always live in my head forever. I will always be your true fan. Rest In Peace Tony (My dear angel). You will truly be missed, but never forgotten.

  18. debra says:

    I was in love with the lead singer also and i’m just finding this out today as i speak. So sad!!!:-( I was showing my daughter the group i was crazy about which was Hi Five and i finds this out:-( My daughter likes a group called mindless behavior.But i will always love Hi Five

  19. Sharina says:

    I always loved the group Hi Five music but never actually saw them until 2011 on you tube when i got the internet hook up. I looked up the song “cant’t wait another minute ” and man when i saw the lead singer i was so in love with his appearance. Then i found out that he has passed. Just when i went looking into what happened to the group. I was looking to find Tony Thompson. Lol wow!! I hope to see you someday again Tony T. R.I.P love U…

  20. Kaitlin says:

    He didn’t intentionally inhaled the stuff. Something could have been wrong with his air conditioner and he went to check on it. The freon could have been leaking and he went to check it out. He may have smelled it if his window was open and went to see what the smell was. Why stand outside to huff it when you can just go buy some and huff it in your house?

  21. open minded says:

    I am at a loss of words I didnt and havent wanted to believe he was gone I was on yotube and ran acriss RIP tony thompson and my heart broke agaun soooooo sad my prayers are with him and family hope and pray that he had some kinda relationship with the heavenly father I would hate for him to have lifted his eyes im hell I wish he were still here he is truly MISSED

  22. Erica says:

    “Huffing” is obviously a problem that deserve educating to youth like all the other serious drugs. I didn’t know how dangerous it was until after a really good friend of mine did it and is now a vegetable in a nursing home. (At age 17!)He kept sniffing spray paint and his lung collapse. He was in a coma for months. When he came out of it he was in what they call a persistant vegetable state. Hes awake but have no awareness of anything. A lot of people do not think that sniffing/inhaling common chemicals like, paint thinner, sharpies, lighter fluid,freon etc.. are dangerous. But it is. And when they find out, its too late. So sad.

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