The year 2018, was a tragic one for soul icon, Stevie Wonder. The world watched as he cried, while mourning the death of his dear friend, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on national television. However, little did most fans know, it was just three months prior to Aretha’s passing, that his younger sister died as well. Stevie was and probably still is dealing with the weight of that grief. What’s even more sad, is that Stevie’s sis’ was reportedly found deceased in a manner that no one should ever have to suffer. She was also the youngest of Lula Mae Hardaway’s six children- Stevie, Larry, Milton, Renee, and Calvin.
Stevie Wonder used to have a very close relationship with his sister, Renee Hardaway. She even co-wrote some timeless hit songs with Stevie.
Sadly, years later Renee’s son had a major dispute with Stevie (we’ll explain in a minute). It’s unclear if that is the reason Stevie and his sis’ reportedly grew apart though.
It was determined that Renee (pictured left) passed away on May 13, 2018, at age 56. However, she died alone and wasn’t discovered until much later.
She Was ‘Almost Unrecognizable’
“Saddened to hear of the death of Renee Hardaway”
Susaye Green: “Saddened to hear of the death of Renee Hardaway, Stevie Wonder’s younger sister. (On the right in the photo) Renee suggested “I Can’t Help It” (which Steve & I wrote,) for Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall”Album. Rest In Peace in Heaven, dear girl. Love you always.”
Wonder Was Forced To Send Sister’s Son To Jail
In 2012, Stevie had to send a man who was determined to be his sister’s son, Alpha Lorenzo Walker, to prison, after a sting operation was conducted.
His Nephew’s Alleged Extortion Plot
Stevie cooperated in the sting with cops, to capture his nephew and his nephew’s girlfriend,Tamara Eileen Diaz. They tried to extort him for $5 million, by threatening to lie and tell the media that Alpha was the product of a fake incestuous relationship between Stevie and his sister, Renee.
Nephew Showed Up & The Cops Showed OUT!
Via TMZ: Walker…was shut down and eventually lowered his demand to $10,000. …Cops met Walker, claiming to be Stevie’s reps who had the cash, but demanded that he first sign a document which included a statement that his accusations were false. Walker signed, and he was promptly arrested.