The singer/songwriter, who had a history of drug abuse, had been seeking treatment for an undisclosed heart condition in his native Ohio, but a cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Junior moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was 16 and pursued a career in music, with stints in bands the Mystery Girls and the Rosehips.

He formed The Chamber Strings in 1996 and enjoyed success with their two album releases, 1999's Gospel Morning, and 2001's Month of Sundays.

The rockers eventually parted ways, but hinted at a comeback last month (Dec15), when Junior shared a rough cut of a Christmas song titled, You're Coming Home This Xmas.

A funeral service is set to take place on Saturday (23Jan16) at the Gordon-Flury Memorial Home in Akron, Ohio.