Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White dead at 74

Maurice White, the founder of legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 74. White, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease reportedly passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, Jan. 3. “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” Verdine White, his brother and band mate, […] founder and diversity advocate Hank Williams dead at 50

Renowned technology entrepreneur and diversity advocate Hank Williams has died at the age of 50. Williams died Nov. 15 after a weeklong stay at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. He was being treated for complications from pneumonia and myocarditis, which can be caused by a viral heart infection. In 1998, Williams founded the Internet music […]

Actor and MTV host Sam Sarpong dead at 40

Actor, model and former host of MTV’s “Yo Momma,” Sam Sarpong, has died at the age of 40 according to his publicist. Reports indicate that Sarpong died of an apparent suicide after jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, California, on Monday, Oct. 27 . “It is with great sadness that the family of Samuel Sarpong Jr. must share the news […]

Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies at 21

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, an up-and-coming Broadway actor known for his work on the Broadway production of Les Miserables, has died after an accidental fall from his mother’s fire escape. He was 21. Jean-Baptiste made Broadway history when he was cast for the understudy role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Earning the role made him both the youngest actor to ever […]

Danielle Milian’s son dies hours after birth

The Milian family is in mourning. Danielle Milian’s newborn son tragically died just hours after birth. Milian’s son was diagnosed with omphalocele, a birth defect that causes internal organs to grow outside of the body. “Yesterday I was blessed with the birth of my Richie Bear. Unfortunately, last night he took his place with the Lord […]

Karolyn Ali, Oscar-nominated producer of Tupac documentary, dies at 70

Veteran film and video producer Karolyn Ali, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work on the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection, passed away earlier this week in her Los Angeles home. She was 70. Throughout her career, Ali worked on a number of well-received commercials, documentaries, films and music videos for the likes of Stevie […]

‘No Way Out’ actress Mildred Joanne Smith dies at 94

Mildred Joanne Smith, best known for her portrayal as Sidney Poitier’s wife in his film debut, the 1950 drama No Way Out, has died. She was 94. Smith starred in both Broadway and film productions, including Men to the Seas, Mamba’s Daughters, Beggar’s Holiday, No Way Out, and Cockles and Champagne, created for the stage in […]

Famed teacher and educator Marva Collins dies at 78

Renowned Chicago teacher and education activist Marva Collins has died at the age of 78. Collins was a fierce educator and advocate for children who devised what came to be known as “Collins Method” of teaching that focused on phonics, math, reading, English and the classics. Unhappy with the way the schools she taught in […]

Darryl Hamilton killed in apparent murder-suicide

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Darryl Hamilton’s girlfriend has a history of domestic abuse Sports analyst and former Major League Baseball player Darryl Hamilton is dead after being killed in what police believe to be a murder-suicide. He was 50 years old. Authorities in Pearland, Texas, say they found Hamilton’s body, along with the body of his girlfriend, Monica Jordan, in […]

Actor and comedian Reynaldo Rey dead at 75

Actor and comedian Reynaldo Rey, best known for memorable roles in hit movies Friday and White Men Can’t Jump, died from complications of a stroke on Thursday, May 28. He was 75.

Blues legend B.B. King dead at 89

World-renowned and beloved bluesman B.B. King has died at the age of 89. According to the his attorney, Brett Bryson, King died peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on Thursday, May 15 at about 9:40 p.m. PDT. King, a 15-time Grammy winner, suffered from diabetes and had been dealing with declining health recently. Last year […]

Pioneering Black golfer Calvin Peete dies at 71

Before there was Tiger Woods, there was Calvin Peete. Peete, who won 12 PGA events in his career and earned the nickname “Mr. Accuracy” for his ability to hit long and accurate drives, has died at the age of 71. Prior to Woods taking the pro golf world by storm in 1996, Peete was by far the most […]

Brownstone singer dies after bloody freak accident

Singer Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell, of the ’90s R&B group Brownstone, died Friday night, members of her family have confirmed. According to authorities, the 46-year-old’s death occurred after her son’s soccer game and has been attributed to a freak fall. She “died in the most terrible way,” her brother, Brandon Maxwell, tweeted Saturday night. “R.I.P to […]

VH1 reality star Ahmad ‘Real’ Givens dead at 33

Reality TV star Ahmad “Real” Givens has died after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 33. Givens, along with his brother, Kamal, aka “Chance,” first came to fame as contestants on the VH1 reality dating show “I Love New York.” The duo became so popular from the program that network execs put together […]

‘New York Times’ critic David Carr dies

On Thursday, Sept. 12, New York Times critic David Carr died after collapsing in the paper’s newsroom. He was 58. A remarkable and funny man, Carr was best known for his Monday column, “The Media Equation,” in which he discussed trends and developments in publishing, social media and television and was one of the best […]

’60 Minutes’ reporter Bob Simon dies

Longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon died Wednesday night in a tragic car crash in New York City. The award-winning newsman was 73. “Bob Simon was a giant of broadcast journalism, and a dear friend to everyone in the CBS News family. We are all shocked by this tragic, sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers […]