Usher Raymond III was the dad of singer Usher. He died of a heart attack on January 21, 2008. After his father passed away, Usher decided to follow a vegan diet for a while. As time went on, he became even more committed and cut all animal-based products from his meals. Usher explained to the media years later that he eventually stopped being vegan because it was becoming too costly to maintain such a lifestyle.
Who Was Usher Raymond III?
Usher’s dad, Usher Raymond III has been influential in his life and career. Raymond III had a difficult battle with addiction which ultimately led to his death in January 2008 because of health problems.
Throughout his life, he and the other person mentioned had a tense and troubled relationship. However, towards the end of Raymond’s life, they were able to reconcile their differences and find some peace. In an interview with People, singer Usher said,
“My father and I had a very short amount of time together throughout my entire life, but the most valuable time was during his final days. He asked me to forgive him for not being there.”
Usher Raymond III Wife
Usher Raymond III was married with Jonnetta Patton who is an American entreprenuer. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, she is the founder of J’s Kitchen Culinary Incubator, and JPat Management. Couple was married in 1977 and Usher is their only child.
Couple divorced in 1979 and his ex-wife Jonnetta tied knot with Terry Patton two years later. Jonnetta and Terry celebrated the 1984 birth of their son, James Lackey.
Usher Raymond III and Usher bond
When Usher was growing up, his dad had a problem with addiction and wasn’t around much. However, in 2007, Usher decided to reconnect with his father, Raymond, because he wanted to have a real relationship with him. It was during this time that Usher found out that his dad was facing health problems.
The singer explained in an interview that his father needed a liver transplant while he was in the hospital. His friend Nelly advised him to reconcile with his father, so Usher agreed to pay for the procedure. Unfortunately, Raymond fell into a coma and Usher had to make a tough decision.
Usher Raymond III was a grandma to Usher’s 4 children
Usher became a father for the first time in November 2007 when his son Usher ‘Cinco’ Raymond V was born. He then had another son named Naviyd Ely in December 2008.
In September 2020, he welcomed a daughter named Sovereign Bo and in September 2021, he had a son named Sire Castrello with his girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea.