His death was announced on Facebook by his brother Myles Reed, Jr. on February 26, 2014:
It is with a very heavy heart that I share this information. My brother, Frank K. Reed passed away this morning. I don’t have the details, and am having a hard time believing that it is true. Many of you know that he was a member of the Chi-lites for the past almost 30 years. One thing I do know, is that he lived his dream. Rest in Peace, Frank! This is very hard for us. I will forward more information as I receive it.
Reed joined the Chi-Lites in 1988, as the successor to former lead singer Eugene Record. Along with original members Marshall Thompson and Robert “Squirrel” Lester, and the other lead vocalist Anthony Watson, Reed recorded the studio album, Help Wanted (Heroes Are In Short Supply) in 1998. Despite singing lead on five of the twelve tracks, and his likeness appearing on the album cover, Reed is not credited as a vocalist and his name is not mentioned on the album.
Reed was one of the lead vocalists of Michigan Avenue, a local band in Chicago created by former Chi-Lites member, Clarence Johnson. When Michigan Avenue disbanded, Reed was told by Johnson that Record was departing from the Chi-Lites and that they were looking for a new lead singer. Reed auditioned for Marshall Thompson, and his wife Constance. They liked his sound and Reed became a member of the Chi-Lites, fulfilling a dream he had since a very young age. He was the longest performing member behind the originals, Thompson and Lester. He twice appeared onstage alongside his predecessor, Eugene Record.
The media had a tendency to get his name wrong. Reed was mistakenly credited as Frank Watson, Frank Watkins, Tony Reed, Greg Reed, and even Frank Michael Jackson.
Ear Hustle 411 Sends our condolences to the family of Frank Reed R.I.P Frank