Diahann Carroll (1935–2019)

Diahann Carroll (1935–2019)

By Richard Natale | Variety Singer and Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll, the first African American woman to star in her own TV series, has died at at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. She was 84. Her daughter, Suzanne Kay,...
Louie Rankin (1953–2019)

Louie Rankin (1953–2019)

By Tom Skinner | NME Jamaican actor and musician Louie Rankin has died in a car crash. According to TMZ, Rankin had a fatal collision in Ontario, Canada on Monday evening (September 30). It’s claimed that he died at the scene of the accident, which involved...
John Wesley (1947-2019)

John Wesley (1947-2019)

By Rebecca Rubin | Variety John Wesley, the actor best-known for playing Dr. Hoover on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” has died. He was 72. Wesley died from complications due to a long battle with multiple myeloma, his family confirmed to Variety. Gerry Pass, Wesley’s...
Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

By Brent Lang | Variety Toni Morrison, who wrote about race, gender, and history with great urgency and tremendous narrative power, died Aug. 5. The author was 88 years old and her family said she died “following a short illness.” Morrison’s work includes classics...
John Singleton (1968-2019)

John Singleton (1968-2019)

By Cynthia Littleton | Variety John Singleton, writer-director of “Boyz n the Hood” and industry pioneer, who was the first African American to earn an Oscar nomination for best director, has died. He was 51. Singleton suffered a stroke after experiencing weakness in...
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson (1942-2019)

Jessie Lawrence Ferguson (1942-2019)

by Jessica McKinney | The Sun Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, the actor who played the dirty cop in John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, has reportedly passed away. Ferguson’s son, Jace, confirm the actor died last Friday (April 26) at their home in Palmdale...
Larry ‘Flash’ Jenkins (1955-2019)

Larry ‘Flash’ Jenkins (1955-2019)

Joelle Goldstein | People Magazine Larry “Flash” Jenkins, the actor best known for his roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Fletch, has died. He was 63. Jenkins died suddenly on Thursday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, according to The Hollywood...
Nipsey Hussle (1985-2019)

Nipsey Hussle (1985-2019)

By Erin Nyren and Jem Aswad | Deadline Hollywood UPDATED: Rapper Ermias Davidson Ashedom, better known by his stage name Nipsey Hussle, has died after being shot multiple times outside his store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 33. According to the...
Eunetta T. Boone (1956-2019)

Eunetta T. Boone (1956-2019)

by Nellie Andreeva | Deadline Hollywood This is sad news for the TV writing community. Veteran comedy writer/producer and screenwriting teacher Eunetta T. Boone, who created the 2001 comedy series One on One, has passed away suddenly from an apparent heart attack....
Nathaniel Taylor (1938–2019)

Nathaniel Taylor (1938–2019)

By Associated Press Nathaniel Taylor, the actor best known as Rollo Lawson, the street-smart best friend of the son on the 1970s sitcom ‘Sanford and Son’, has died. Taylor died Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after a heart...
Kristoff St. John (1966–2019)

Kristoff St. John (1966–2019)

By Rebecca Rubin| Variety Kristoff St. John, the actor best-known for portraying Neil Winters on CBS’ long-running daytime soap “The Young and the Restless,” has died. He was 52. His attorney Mark Geragos confirmed the news to Variety. Geragos also posted on Twitter,...
James Ingram (1952-2019)

James Ingram (1952-2019)

By Chris Willman| Variety James Ingram, one of the biggest stars in R&B music in the 1980s and ’90s, and a double Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee, has died at age 66. Longtime friend Debbie Allen confirmed the news on Twitter. “I have lost my dearest...
Kevin Barnett (1987-2019)

Kevin Barnett (1987-2019)

Kevin Barnett, the comedian behind Fox comedy series “Rel,” has died while on vacation in Mexico of unknown causes. He was 32. Barnett’s New York City-based comedy career was just taking off at the time of his death, having recently executive produced and co-created...
Ethel Ayler (1930-2018)

Ethel Ayler (1930-2018)

By Adam Hetrick | Playbill Stage and screen actor Ethel Ayler, an original cast member of August Wilson’s Fences, who was perhaps best-known for her recurring role as Carrie Hanks on The Cosby Show died November 18 at the age of 88. Ayler began her professional career...
Mabel Earlene “Madea” Simmons (1931-2019)

Mabel Earlene “Madea” Simmons (1931-2019)

Jordan Simon | Shadow and Act In an interview with Bevy Smith on her SiriusXM show Bevelations, Tyler Perry confirmed that his character of Madea would be making her final appearance very soon. Perry says the character will make her final appearance in Tyler Perry’s A...
Ntozake Shange (1948–2018)

Ntozake Shange (1948–2018)

By Laura Collins-Hughes | The New York Times Ntozake Shange, a spoken-word artist who morphed into a playwright with her canonical play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died on Saturday in Bowie, Md. She was 70. Her death was...
Roger Robinson (1940-2018)

Roger Robinson (1940-2018)

Mike Barnes | The Hollywood Reporter Roger Robinson, the veteran character actor who won a Tony Award, starred in such films as Brother to Brother and had recurring roles on Kojak and How to Get Away With Murder, has died. He was 78. Robinson died Wednesday in...
Al Matthews (1942–2018)

Al Matthews (1942–2018)

Rafa Burgos | El País Al Matthews, a US actor, singer and former Marine who served in the Vietnam War, was found dead on Sunday in his house in Orihuela Costa, in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante. He was 75 years old. A neighbor called the emergency...
Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

By Chris Morris | Variety “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, the eruptive singer who reigned atop the pop and R&B charts in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a succession of albums and singles of unparalleled power and emotional depth, has died, according to the...
Matt “Guitar” Murphy (1929-2018)

Matt “Guitar” Murphy (1929-2018)

by Bruce Haring | Deadline Hollywood Matt “Guitar” Murphy, best known as one of the stalwarts of the Blues Brothers Band and a renowned sideman with Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, James Cotton and many others, has died. He was 88 and his death was confirmed...
Johnnie Keyes (1940-2018)

Johnnie Keyes (1940-2018)

By Peter Warren | AVN LOS ANGELES—Adult legend and AVN Hall of Famer Johnnie Keyes, best known for his role opposite Marilyn Chambers in the iconic 1972 Mitchell Brothers film Behind the Green Door, died Sunday in Seattle, Washington, from complications following a...
DuShon Monique Brown (1968–2018)

DuShon Monique Brown (1968–2018)

by Denise Petski | Deadline Hollywood DuShon Monique Brown, known for her role as Connie, Assistant to Chief Boden, on NBC’s Chicago Fire, died Friday. The Cook County medical examiner’s office tells The Chicago Tribune that Brown died shortly after noon at St. James...
Idrissa Ouedraogo (1954–2018)

Idrissa Ouedraogo (1954–2018)

by Bruce Haring | Deadline Hollywood Director Idrissa Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, a giant of African cinema, died Sunday. He was 64, according to his country’s national filmmakers guild. The cause of death was not revealed. The prolific Ouedraogo was best known for...
Reg E. Cathey  (1958–2018)

Reg E. Cathey (1958–2018)

By Ariana Brockington | Variety Actor Reg E. Cathey, who played Freddy on “House of Cards” and appeared in “The Wire,” has died. He was 59 and had reportedly been battling cancer. Known for his distinctive baritone voice, Reginald Eugene Cathey began acting in 1984 in...
Della Reese (1931-2017)

Della Reese (1931-2017)

by Denise Petski | Deadline Hollywood UPDATED with CBS statement: Della Reese, the iconic jazz, gospel and pop singer who later moved into television and film, and starred as Tess on Touched By An Angel, has died. She was 86. Her former Touched By An Angel co-star...
Earle Hyman (1926-2017)

Earle Hyman (1926-2017)

By Rob Frehse | CNN Earle Hyman, a longtime stage and TV actor who was best known for playing Bill Cosby’s father on “The Cosby Show,” died Friday. Hyman was 91. He died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, according to Jordan...
Robert Guillaume (1927-2017)

Robert Guillaume (1927-2017)

By Richard Natale | Variety Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume, best known as the title character in the TV sitcom “Benson,” died Tuesday. He was 89. His wife Donna Brown Guillaume told the Associated Press he died at their Los Angeles home of complications of...
Bernie Casey (1939-2017)

Bernie Casey (1939-2017)

By Associated Press Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned poet, painter and actor known for parts in films such as “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” has died. He was 78. Casey died Tuesday ( September 19,...
Dick Gregory  (1932–2017)

Dick Gregory (1932–2017)

by Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood Celebrated stand-up comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory died today in Washington at the age of 84. The trailblazing figure was hospitalized earlier this month from a yet-to-be-announced medical condition. His official...
Joi “S. J.” Harris (1976-2017)

Joi “S. J.” Harris (1976-2017)

SJ Harris Dies During Deadpool 2 Shoot Ryan Parker | The Hollywood Reporter The stuntwoman who died Monday on the set of Deadpool 2 has been identified as SJ Harris, the Coroner’s Service of British Columbia told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 40. Harris was...
Donl Morse (1950-2017)

Donl Morse (1950-2017)

MORSE, SR., DONALD “DONL” LEE, Funeral Services for Donald “Donl” Lee Morse, Sr., 59, formerly of Altamonte Springs who passed away on Friday, May 1, 2009 will be held at 12PM Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Head Quarters Ministries, Inc., 1130...
Ji-Tu Cumbuka (1940-2017)

Ji-Tu Cumbuka (1940-2017)

Mike Barnes | The Hollywood Reporter Actor Ji-Tu Cumbuka, who appeared on Roots and in such films as Bound for Glory, Brewster’s Millions and Harlem Nights, has died. He was 77. Cumbuka died Tuesday in Atlanta after a long illness, his niece, Amber Holifield, reported...
Ron Glass (1945–2016)

Ron Glass (1945–2016)

Emmy-Nominated Actor Ron Glass Dies by Ross A. Lincoln | Deadline Hollywood Ron Glass, veteran film and television actor best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Detective Ron Harris on the classic ABC sitcom Barney Miller and for playing Shepherd Book on the cult...
Sharon Jones (1956–2016)

Sharon Jones (1956–2016)

Legendary R&B Singer Sharon Jones Dies by Ross A. Lincoln | Deadline Hollywood Funk, soul and R&B singer Sharon Jones, lead singer of the revivalist funk band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 60....
Gwen Ifill (1955-2016)

Gwen Ifill (1955-2016)

PBS NewsHour Co-anchor Gwen Ifill Dies at 61 from PBS Newshour | Thirteen It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away this afternoon following several months of cancer treatment. She was...
Tommy Ford (1964–2016)

Tommy Ford (1964–2016)

Variety Staff | Variety Actor Tommy Ford, a regular on the Fox comedy “Martin” and UPN sitcom “The Parkers,” was taken off life support an Atlanta hospital Wednesday afternoon. Ford was on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. He was 52. Ford’s rep...
Bill Nunn (1953–2016)

Bill Nunn (1953–2016)

Bill Nunn – A Peek Into the Life of the Artist and Activist Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson “‘School Daze’ was one of the highlights of my life because it was the first chance I had to act on screen. I would have been happy if that had been it, because I proved that I...
Kyle Jean-Baptiste (1993-2015)

Kyle Jean-Baptiste (1993-2015)

Broadway Star Kyle Jean-Baptiste Dies In Home Accident by Greg Evans | Deadline Hollywood Kyle Jean-Baptiste, a 21-year-old New York actor who made his Broadway starring debut July 23 in Les Miserables as the youngest — and Broadway’s first African-American =- Jean...
B.B. King (1925–2015)

B.B. King (1925–2015)

Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89 Christopher Morris | Variety.com Singer-guitarist B.B. King, the “King of the Blues” who helped define his genre’s electrified postwar sound and became the music’s best-known international ambassador, has died. He was 89. His attorney...
Ben Powers (1950–2015)

Ben Powers (1950–2015)

Good Times Actor Ben Powers Dead At 64 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Actor Alton “Ben” Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series “Good Times,” has died at age 64. Powers died April 6 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, according to...
Alice Childress (1916-1994)

Alice Childress (1916-1994)

Michelle Granshaw | Black Past Alice Childress, playwright, novelist, actor, and screenwriter, was born Alice Herndon in Charleston, South Carolina.  Her parents separated in 1925 and Childress moved to the Harlem, New York home of her grandmother Eliza Campbell...
Donl Morse (1950-2017)

Bobby Johnson (1922-1982)

Robert (Bobby) Johnson, 61, Broadway Tap Dancer Robert (Bobby) Johnson, a tap dancer in vaudeville and on the musical-comedy stage, died of a cardiac arrest Sunday while on his way to St. Vincent’s Hospital for dialysis treatment. He lived in Manhattan and would...
Sam Langford (1883–1956)

Sam Langford (1883–1956)

By Chimsima Zuhri | Today in African American History January 12, 1956 Sam Langford, hall of fame boxer and, according to ESPN, “the greatest fighter nobody knows,” died. Langford was born March 4, 1883 in Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia, Canada. Although he was only 5...

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