Bobby Caldwella renowned American singer-songwriter known for his genre-bending style of music died Tuesday at the age of 71.
According to his wife Mary, Caldwell died from fluoroquinolone toxicity after an antibiotic he was prescribed in 2017 wreaked ” havoc ” on his body. Although the official cause of death has not been released, Mary confirmed the news NBC News.
Bobby died here at home. I held him tight in my arms as he left us. I am heartbroken forever. Thank you all for your many prayers over the years. He had been “FLOXED” it took his health for the last 6 years and 2 months. Rest with God my love. – Mary Caldwell
— Bobby Caldwell (@bobbycaldwell) March 15, 2023
Bobby Caldwell dies of fluoroquinolone toxicity, says wife
Speaking to the media, Mary revealed that Caldwell had been prescribed fluoroquinolone for a runny nose and cough, which should never have happened. She stressed that if a person was badly affected by the drug, it would have irreversible effects.
Fluoroquinolone is an antibiotic commonly used to treat serious bacterial infections but has been associated with debilitating side effects such as nerve damage. The Food and Drug Administration had issued a 2016 warning regarding the use of fluoroquinolone to treat “less serious” bacterial infections.
Caldwell’s death represents a significant loss to the music industry. He was heavily influenced by music legends such as Nat King Cole and the Beatles and began his music career at the age of 17.
He wrote and sang several hits throughout his career, including “What You Won’t Do For Love” and “My Flame”.
Caldwell’s ability to explore multiple genres, including jazz and R&B, gave his music longevity. His hit “What You Won’t Do for Love” was sampled by Boyz II Men for their 1997 song “To the Limit,” almost 20 years after it was first released. Rapper Biggie Smalls also sampled Caldwell’s music and used “My Flame” in his hit song “Sky’s the Limit,” which was later used in a biopic about Smalls’ life and career.
Caldwell lived in New Jersey and is survived by his wife and daughters. His contribution to music and his unique style will always be remembered by fans and fellow musicians.