Here's What I Found Under "R.I.P."

Mary Wilson (1944-2021)

Mary Wilson (1944-2021)

By Chris Morris | Variety Vocalist Mary Wilson, who co-founded the Supremes as a 15-year-old in a Detroit housing project and stayed with the fabled, hitmaking Motown Records trio until its dissolution in 1977, died on Monday night at her home in Las Vegas. She was...

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Cicely Tyson (1924–2021)

Cicely Tyson (1924–2021)

Staff | BET Cicely Tyson has reportedly passed away at the age of 96. Her manager Larry Thompson confirmed the actress’ passing to Variety on Thursday (January 28), but did not provide further details. “I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each...

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Hank Aaron (1934-2021)

Hank Aaron (1934-2021)

By Erik Pedersen | Deadline Henry Aaron, the slugger known as “Hammerin’ Hank” who cemented himself in baseball lore when he broke Babe Ruth’s career home run mark in 1974, died Friday. He was 86. His daughter confirmed the news to media outlets but did not provide...

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Dearon ‘Deezer D’ Thompson (1965–2021)

Dearon ‘Deezer D’ Thompson (1965–2021)

Monique Jones | Shadow and Act ER star Dearon "Deezer D" Thompson died Thursday at 55 years of age, according to TVLine. The outlet reports via TMZ that Thompson, who played nurse Malik McGrath throughout the series' 15 seasons, is believed to have died from a heart...

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Marion Ramsey (1947-2021)

Marion Ramsey (1947-2021)

Eli Countryman | Variety Marion Ramsey, known for acting in the “Police Academy” films and gracing the Broadway stage in 1978’s “Eubie!,” died Thursday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 73. Roger Paul of Roger Paul Inc., the agency that managed Ramsey, confirmed the...

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Carol Sutton (1944–2020)

Carol Sutton (1944–2020)

By Gwen Thompkins | NPR The actor Carol Sutton, who appeared in well more than 100 movies, plays and television shows, died Thursday in New Orleans of complications from the coronavirus. She was 76 years old. In 1974, Sutton made her television debut in "The...

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Tommy “Tiny” Lister (1958-2020)

Tommy “Tiny” Lister (1958-2020)

by Pat Saperstein | Variety Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who appeared in “Friday” and “The Fifth Element” and was also a professional wrestler, died Thursday, his manager Cindy Cowan confirmed. Cowan said he was found unresponsive in his apartment in Marina del Rey, Calif....

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Natalie Desselle Reid (1967-2020)

Natalie Desselle Reid (1967-2020)

By Peter White | Deadline Natalie Desselle, one of the stars of UPN series Eve and the Robert Townsend movie B.A.P.S, has died. Desselle’s manager Dolores Robinson confirmed the news on social media and said the actress died Monday morning. “Natalie Desselle the...

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Rafer Johnson (1934–2020)

Rafer Johnson (1934–2020)

By Erik Pedersen | Deadline Rafer Johnson, a Los Angeles legend who won the 1960 Olympic decathlon gold medal, helped organize the 1984 Games in L.A. and wrestled the gun from Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968, died today at his home in...

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Johnny Nash (1940–2020)

Johnny Nash (1940–2020)

By Chris Willman | Variety Johnny Nash, the pop and reggae singer whose “I Can See Clearly Now” topped the charts in the U.S. and UK in 1972, died Tuesday. He was 80. His son, Johnny Nash Jr., confirmed the death to the Associated Press and said his father died of...

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Armelia McQueen (1952 – 2020)

Armelia McQueen (1952 – 2020)

By Greg Evans | Deadline Armelia McQueen, who rose to Broadway stardom with her debut in 1978’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ and played the sister of Whoopi Goldberg’s haunted character in 1990’s Ghost, died Saturday. She was 68. Her death was confirmed by her friend Dorian...

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Thomas Jefferson Byrd  (1950–2020)

Thomas Jefferson Byrd (1950–2020)

By Jordan Moreau | Variety Thomas Jefferson Byrd, an actor in several of Spike Lee’s films, was killed in Atlanta on Saturday, the Atlanta Police Department confirmed to Variety. He was 70. On Saturday, Atlanta police officers were dispatched to 2259 Belvedere Ave.,...

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