Ephraim Lewis (born in 1968 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England) was a neo-soul\R&B singer who was pursuing his dreams of stardom, but a terrible tragedy cut this talented young singer's career short.
In his early years, Ephraim was part of a small group called The Lewis Five which featured his brothers. In 1984, his mother died of a brain hemorrhage and by the time he was 16 years old, he was out of the house, living on his own.
In 1990, he met two music producers, Kevin Bacon and Jonathon Quarmby who noticed his talents and helped him out with his music career. In 1992, he signed to Elektra Records.
In April of that same year, Ephraim released his debut album "Skin" which peaked at #32 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart.
On March 18, 1994, Ephraim was sent to Los Angeles, California to work with composer Glen Ballard and was heading for home, but unfortunately, he never got there. He died from what was originally ruled as a suicide, but a coroner ruled his death as a jump from a fourth floor balcony. He was only 26 years old.
The events that happened on the day of Ephraim's death are not quite certain. Reports say that he was on a metamphetamines binge which caused him to act psychotic or that somebody slipped him a hallucinogenic drug into his beverage at a club.
Whatever happened on that day, it caused Ephraim to act out in a strange way as he climbed on the balcony naked from his room to the top floor and either fell or jumped from it. After he fell, he smashed his head into the pavement, rendering him brain dead. Another report is that Ephraim fell over the balcony after police tasers were aimed at him.
The cause of Ephraim's death still remains controversial today. A month after his death, Ephraim's body was transported and buried in his hometown of England.
This young talented singer had his career cut short and who knows how far Ephraim's career would've gone to, but his short-lived fame will never be forgotten.
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[updated on 05/30\13]