William Guest, Member of Gladys Knight and the Pips, Dead at 74

by Desiree Murphy 10:34 AM PST, December 26, 2015
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William Guest, an original member of Gladys Knight and the Pips, died in Detroit, Michigan, on Thursday. He was 74.

His daughter, Monique Guest, took to Twitter Friday to share the tragic news that the late music legend had passed away from congestive heart failure.

"My father, William Guest of Gladys Knight & the Pips died 12/24 of congested heart failure. RIH Daddy!" she tweeted, accompanied by a vintage photo of her dad (center) with his fellow Pip members, the late Edward Patten (left) and Merald "Bubba" Knight (right).

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Guest was a member of the four-person R&B musical group that performed hits like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Midnight Train to Georgia," as well as Gladys Knight's cousin.

After the group separated, Guest and Patten formed their own production company, Patten and Guest Productions. In 2013, Guest also released an autobiography titled Midnight Train From Georgia: A Pips Journey.

The Grammy award-winning group -- who performed together from 1953 to 1989 -- was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Apollo Hall of Fame in 2006.