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Remembering Rhythm & Blues: Updates On The Passing Of Tony Thompson

Updates On The Passing Of Tony Thompson

As I mentioned in my previous post, I will do my best to locate any news stories, articles, or updates on Tony Thompson and his upcoming funeral. Below you will find the first update I've located and as more come in, I will update this post so be sure to check back...

The Headline Reads: Club Legacy plans Tony Thompson tribute for Friday

Club Legacy owner Melvin Thomas has booked Al Pena and his Full Flavor band for a special Friday night show in the memory of Tony Thompson. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. at the club, 100 Mill Street, Waco, Tx. There’s a $8 cover charge.

No details on this yet, but I understand there’s also a larger memorial service planned for the Waco Convention Center on Saturday.

Update Friday, June 8, 2007 at 10:04PM:

From Tony's MySpace page, the family has left a message in regards to the upcoming public services for Tony...

On June 1, 2007, the parents of Tony Thompson, The Thompson Family, Tevin Thompson (son), Angela Garcia (fiancée), aunts, uncles, friends, and fans lost a loving, caring, compassionate, and gifted soul. Tony Ulysses Thompson left his body here on earth, as his soul went on to be with our Father! At this time, regardless as to what has been previously released in the media, the results of the autopsy HAVE NOT been released and the cause of Tony’s death has not been determined. We the family would appreciate that everyone respect our privacy in our time of grieving. Tony was one in a million; knowing how to fit in with just about every personality there is in this world. He knew how to laugh with the gigglers, and cry with the hurt! He touched many hearts when his voice was heard on the radio, on stage, hanging out at a family gathering, or just sitting at home “CHILLIN’ ON IT!!! He was a great son, father, companion, and a favorite in our family! Though he will be missed immensely, his legacy will live on forever and he will hold a special place in our hearts. Tony was given the gift of song and he loved what he did for a living. He LOVED his fans and was in the process of starting a new solo project to present to the world. Tony would be the first one to say that without his fans, he would not have experienced “LIFE” as he knew it! So, thank you fans for the support that you showed Tony. On behalf of Tony’s parents, The Thompson Family, Tevin, Angela, and all of Tony’s relatives, we wish to thank everyone for your prayers, love, and support. Your emails, comments, and bulletins are very much appreciated. We know you loved him as much as we did. Tony will be missed, but never forgotten. Concluding, in the words of his son Tevin, “The Heavenly choir now has a new lead singer!” We love you Tony. You were God sent! Sincerely, Tony & Doris Thompson The Thompson Family Tevin Thompson Angela Garcia (Thompson) Funeral Arrangements are as follows and open to the public: Wake Service - Thursday June 7, 2007 New Breed Christian Center Pastor Darrell Blair 1500 S. Riverside Dr. Ft. Worth, Texas 76119 7:00 pm Wake Service – Friday June 8, 2007 Hippodrome Theater 724 Austin Ave. Waco, Texas 76701 7:00 pm – 9 pm Funeral Service – Saturday June 9, 2007 Victorious Life Church 7459 South I-35 Waco, Texas 76706 Exit #328 (Hewitt/Moody) 11:00 am NOTE: Remarks at the wake services will be limited to 2 minutes. Please be mindful of others following you that would like express their thoughts to the family. Thanks you!

Update Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 7:56PM -

KCEN-TV of Waco, TX did a brief news report on yesterday's memorial at the Hippodrome Theater. You can watch the quick clip below...

Update Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 7:48PM -

The following is Tony Thompson's obituary, which published in the Waco Tribune-Herald from 6/7/2007 - 6/8/2007:
Thompson Tony Thompson, 31, a lead singer for R&B group HI-5, passed away Friday, June 1, 2007, in Waco. The final performance for Tony will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2007, at Victorious Life Church, 7459 S. IH-35, Waco, TX. Visitations will be 7 to 9p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007, at New Breed Christian Center, 4500 S. Riverside, Fort Worth, TX, and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2007, at the Waco Hippodrome. He was born Sept. 2, 1975, in Waco to parents Tony Thompson Sr. and Doris Carpenter-Thompson. Survivors include parents; son, Tevin; sisters and brother; and many other relatives and friends. Amalia Funeral Home, 5210 McCart Ave., Fort Worth D&D Johnson, The Funeral Specialist September 2, 1975 - June 1, 2007

The following are photos from Saturday's Memorial Service:

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Please take a moment to sign Tony's Guest Book at
May Tony Rest In Peace....

Final Update Monday, July 2, 2007 at 11:48AM - AUTOPSY RESULTS REVEALED:

Autopsy blames singer's death on Freon 'huffing'

Saturday, June 30, 2007

By Tommy Witherspoon

Tribune-Herald staff writer

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.

Waco police said his body was found by officers working security at the apartment complex.

The autopsy report also shows that Thompson had a history of “Freon huffing.”

No alcohol or illegal drugs were detected in the singer’s system.

Methadone detected

However, the autopsy showed that Thompson had a small amount of methadone in his bloodstream.

Methadone is a synthetic narcotic used to treat drug addiction.

The U.S. Department of Justice has reported that the huffing of Freon is nothing new, but the practice of taking it from air-conditioning units in use apparently is.

Justice officials report that chronic inhalant abuse may result in serious and sometimes irreversible damage to the user’s heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain.

Death from inhalant abuse can occur after a single use or after prolonged use, according to Department of Justice reports.

Waco police spokesman Steve Anderson said officers report that Freon huffing is not a widespread phenomenon in Waco.

“I am told that it is not something that everybody does, but it is a way of getting high,” he said. “Evidently, it was a way that (Thompson) had gotten high before, but I don’t know exactly how it affects you.”

Anderson said Thompson apparently had taken the cap from the valve that attached the Freon to the air-conditioning unit, which resembles a stem on a bicycle tire.

He had something to depress the valve and some type of pipe from which he was inhaling the Freon, Anderson said.

Coming back home

Thompson, who had returned to Waco after a period in Dallas, enjoyed national success with Hi-Five in the early 1990s.

The music was generally described as an imaginative updating of groups such as the Jackson 5.

In recent years, Thompson had sought to find similar success in the music field.

At the time of his death he was working on a new CD project.

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Update 7/12/07 - In honor of Tony, a MySpace tribute page has been created. Check it out here.

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posted by Soulfull @ 1:45 PM


At Monday, July 02, 2007 12:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sad to hear of the autopsy report. I can't believe that Tony would do something like that just to get a temporary high. Don't get me wrong I am not judging him I guess no one will ever understand but Tony and God. I will forever love his voice and music may you RIP Tony !!!!

Your Number 1 Fan!!


At Friday, November 23, 2012 10:50:00 PM, Blogger Boss Lady Lowe said...

I think that people just say bad things when they passed on making up lies and rumors if you didn't know him personaly, if your not a family member or close friend how do you know what he passed away of them people that did the autopsy can be lieing maybe he did have it in his system but who's to say he was doing it to get some kind of high maybe he did inhaled it in his sleep or something who knows but him GOD and his parents who has the autopsy so PLEASE PLEASE LET HIM R.I.P

At Sunday, August 11, 2013 1:00:00 AM, Anonymous bobby michaels nigerian singer and actor said...

It is deeply sad to learn about singer tony thompsons a young singer myself in d 1990,s I was inlove with the group hifive and especially d vocals of lead singer,I remembered hits like playing hard to get and kissing game.only for me to discover that tony heart is could this happen?hifive was one of a few groups african singers like myself emulated from across europe and america.R.I.P tony thompson.u will forever be remembered


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