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Clarence Williams III (1939–2021)

Clarence Williams III (1939–2021)

Ellise Shafer | Variety Clarence Williams III, an actor known for portraying Linc Hayes on “The Mod Squad” and Prince’s father in “Purple Rain,” died on June 4. He was 81. Williams’ management confirmed his death to Variety, citing the cause as colon cancer. Williams...

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Samuel E. Wright (1948–2021)

Samuel E. Wright (1948–2021)

By Haley Bosselman | Variety Samuel E. Wright, the actor who voiced Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid,” has died. He was 74. The news of his death was confirmed in a Facebook post on Tuesday by his hometown Montgomery, N.Y. It did not confirm his cause of death....

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Paul Mooney (1941-2021)

Paul Mooney (1941-2021)

by Jordan Moreau | Variety Paul Mooney, the comedian, actor and writer for Richard Pryor, died on Wednesday morning, his representative Cassandra Williams confirmed to Variety. He was 79. He died at his home in Oakland, Calif., after suffering a heart attack. Mooney’s...

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DMX (1970–2021)

DMX (1970–2021)

By Jem Aswad | Variety DMX, one of the most popular and successful rappers to emerge in the 1990s, died on Friday. He was 50. “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains...

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Craig muMs Grant (1968–2021)

Craig muMs Grant (1968–2021)

By Erik Pedersen | Deadline Craig “Mums” Grant, an actor and poet who appeared in all six seasons of HBO’s prison drama Oz among dozens of film, TV and stage credits, died Thursday, apparently of natural causes, according to his representatives. He was 52. Billed as...

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Yaphet Kotto (1939–2021)

Yaphet Kotto (1939–2021)

Ellise Shafer | Variety Yaphet Kotto, an actor known for his performances in “Alien,” the James Bond film “Live and Let Die” and the television series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” has died, his agent Ryan Goldhar confirmed to Variety. He was 81. Kotto’s wife,...

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Bunny Wailer (1947–2021)

Bunny Wailer (1947–2021)

by Jem Aswad | Variety Bunny Wailer, a founding member of Bob Marley’s Wailers and a legendary reggae singer whose career reached across seven decades, died early Tuesday, his manager confirmed to the Jamaica Observer; a rep for the Wailers’ longtime U.S. label did...

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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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