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

Andre Harrell (1960–2020)

Andre Harrell (1960–2020)

By Emily Bicks | Heavy. Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown Records, and one-half of the rap duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde died on May 8, 2020. He was 59. The announcement made by DJ D-Nice during his live Club Quarantine set on Instagram Friday night and online users...

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Bill Withers (1938–2020)

Bill Withers (1938–2020)

By Chris Morris | Variety R&B singer-songwriter Bill Withers, whose belated career in music burned briefly but brightly in the early ‘70s via a string of highly personalized hits, died from heart complications on Monday in Los Angeles, his family told the...

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B. Smith (1949–2020)

B. Smith (1949–2020)

By Jordan Moreau | Variety B. Smith, a former TV host, restaurateur and author, died of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday night in her home in Long Island, New York. Her husband announced the news in a Facebook post on Sunday morning. She was 70. “Thank you...

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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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