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Surface Singer David Townsend Found Dead   Print 
Tuesday, 08 November 2005
usherSinger/songwriter David Townsend, a member of the 80's R&B trio Surface, was found dead inside his Northridge, CA home Wednesday (Nov. 2). He was 50. The cause of death was unknown.

Surface, responsible for such hits as "Happy," "Closer Than Friends," "Shower Me With Your Love" and the "The First Time," re-formed in 2004 and were working on a new album scheduled for release in late 2006.

The group's surviving members, Bernard Jackson and David "Pic" Conley released the following statement Tuesday:

"We are both shocked and very saddened by the loss of our close friend, David. He was a great producer, songwriter and a great friend. We will miss him. We also want to say thank you to all our fans around the world for their love and support during this difficult time."

Townsend was the son of late legendary singer/songwriter/producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote "Let's Get It On" with Marvin Gaye.

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