“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother and uncle Jesse Powell,” Tamara Powell said in a statement from the family on Instagram.
“The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn this tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy,” it said.
“That voice!” she wrote. “Aside from being one of the best R&B male vocalists out there, you were the best big brother ever. I loved you so much."
Powell released four albums from 1996 and 2003. His second record, “Bout It,” was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999.
The hit, released on his eponymous debut album in 1996 and again on his 1998 album, "Bout It," rose to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1999