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

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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Toots Hibbert (1942–2020)

Toots Hibbert (1942–2020)

By Bruce Haring | Deadline Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, one of the pioneers of reggae, a genre he is credited with naming, has died at age 77. He died Friday night at University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. No cause of death was given, but Hibbert...

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Chadwick Boseman (1977–2020)

Chadwick Boseman (1977–2020)

By Adam B. Vary, Pat Saperstein | Variety Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther,” died on Friday after a four year battle with colon cancer, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 43. Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Boseman’s career first exploded...

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Raymond Allen (1929-2020)

Raymond Allen (1929-2020)

Staff | TMZ Raymond G. Allen, Sr., a character actor who played Uncle Woody in "Sanford and Son," has died. Allen's family tells TMZ, he was in a long-term facility in California when he was found unresponsive early Monday morning. EMT's tried reviving him, to no...

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John Lewis (1940-2020)

John Lewis (1940-2020)

Staff | BET UPDATE: Former President Barack Obama published a powerful tribute to John Lewis on Friday night (July 17). In a post published on Medium titled “My Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis,” Obama wrote, “I first met John when I was in law school, and...

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Earl Cameron (1917-2020)

Earl Cameron (1917-2020)

by Bruce Haring | Deadline Hollywood Earl Cameron, who was among the first Black actors to break into significant roles in British film, died on Friday at age 102. His agent confirmed his death and said he “passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and...

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Jas Waters  (1981–2020)

Jas Waters (1981–2020)

Jenna Ryu | USA TODAY Jas Waters, a writer of NBC's "This Is Us" and Showtime's "Kidding" died, the official This Is Us Twitter account of the show's writers announced. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed that Waters died on Tuesday...

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Shad Gaspard (1981–2020)

Shad Gaspard (1981–2020)

Written by BET Staff | BET The wife of WWE star Shad Gaspard is speaking out after his tragic death. The 39-year-old's body was found on the beach in Venice, California on Wednesday (May 20), three days after he went missing while swimming in the ocean with the...

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Betty Wright (1953–2020)

Betty Wright (1953–2020)

from Richmond Free Press MIAMI - Betty Wright, the Grammy- winning singer and songwriter whose influential 1970s hits included “Clean Up Woman” and “Where Is the Love,” is dead at age 66. Ms. Wright died at her home in Miami on Sunday, May 10, 2020, several media...

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Little Richard (1932–2020)

Little Richard (1932–2020)

By Vibe Staff | Vibe Rock and roll pioneer Richard "Little Richard" Penniman has died at the age of 87, reported Rolling Stone on Saturday morning (May 9). The unapologetically flamboyant star had been battling bone cancer as confirmed by his son Danny Jones Penniman....

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