Category: R.I.P.

Ja’net DuBois (1945–2020)

Ja’net DuBois (1945–2020)

By Dominic Patten | Deadline Hollywood Just over two months after she wowed the crowd at ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family & Good Times, Ja’net DuBois died suddenly today. She was 74. As confirmed by her family and those close to the...

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Esther Scott (1953–2020)

Esther Scott (1953–2020)

By Heidi Parker | Daily Mail Esther Scott has died at the age of 66 after suffering an apparent heart attack on Tuesday in her home in Santa Monica, California. The actress, who is best known for her role in the film Boyz N The Hood, fell unconscious after the heart...

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Nikita Waligwa (2005–2020)

Nikita Waligwa (2005–2020)

By Jordan Moreau | Variety Nikita Pearl Waligwa, an actor who appeared in Disney’s biographical drama “Queen of Katwe,” has died, according to BBC and the Ugandan newspaper Daily Monitor. She was 15. Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and seemed to...

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Paula Kelly (1943-2020)

Paula Kelly (1943-2020)

by BWW News Desk | BroadwayWorld BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Paula Kelly, actress of stage and screen, has died. She was 76. Kelly made her Broadway debut as Mrs. Veloz in the 1964 musical Something More!, alongside Barbara Cook. Her other Broadway...

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Kobe Bryant (1978–2020)

Kobe Bryant (1978–2020)

By Stuart Oldham | Variety Kobe Bryant, the sports icon who won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and was often compared to Michael Jordan, died Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was 41. Bryant was traveling in his private helicopter when it crashed in...

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John Witherspoon (1942-2019)

John Witherspoon (1942-2019)

By Nellie Andreeva, Anita Bennett | Deadline Hollywood John Witherspoon, an actor-comedian who for decades made audiences laugh in television shows and films, including the hit Friday franchise, died suddenly at his home today. He was 77. “It is with deepest sorrow...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 California. He was...

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