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