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2016 celebrity deaths that shocked the Black community

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Denise “Vanity” Matthews (Jan. 4, 1959 – Feb. 15, 2016)

Singer and model Denise Matthews, better know as Vanity, died at 57 after ongoing kidney complications.

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Phife Dawg (Nov. 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016)

Legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg died at 45 of complication from type 2 diabetes.

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