But his passing has left his family heartbroken.
In an exclusive interview, Channel 3's Romona Robinson sits down with Gerald's mom, Martha, and his sister, Kandice.
Martha Levert has stayed out of the spotlight, until now.
And she tells Romona about what she will miss most about her son Gerald. Click "Play Video" to watch.
Friday there will be a public memorial and musical tribute for Gerald Levert at the Cleveland Public Hall, beginning at Noon.
Doors for the public open at 11a.m. -- it's first come first served -- the public should use the Lakeside Avenue entrance.