As the New Year settles upon us and we reflect on all those we’ve lost. Let us remember those who have made an impact on every aspect of our entertainment culture.
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, died at the age of 54, with complications from a heart attack. The Don of Soul Train, Don Cornelius, committed suicide at the age of 75. Whitney Houston, died from an accidental fall in her bathroom in her hotel room at the age of 51.
Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys lost his battle with cancer at age 47. Chuck Brown, died at the age of 75, after a bout with pneumonia. Donna Summer, died at 63, after fighting lung cancer. Nick Ashford, Hip Hop executive Chris Lighty, known for building the careers of Diddy, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent died at 44, from an apparent suicide.
Sherman Hemsley, or as we called him George Jefferson, died in his home at age 74. Rodney King, drowned in his swimming pool at the age of 47. Comedian Yvette Wilson of Moesha fame, died after a fight with cervical cancer at the age of 48. Jimmy Ellis, lead singer for the Trammps, known for their hit “Disco Inferno”, died Thursday in a South Carolina nursing home.
Danny Clyburn, an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles, then traded to Tampa Bay Devil Rays, was shot and killed at age 37. Emanuel Steward, died at 68, and was known for his impeccable training at Detroit’s Kronk gym. Fontella Bass, known for her hit “Rescue Me” died at 65 from complications from a heart attack she had weeks ago. Al Freeman, Jr., best known for his role as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad died at the age of 78.
David Peaston suffered from diabetes that resulted in both of his legs being amputated. He died from complications at the age of 54. Actress and Singer Natina Reed was hit by a car and killed instantly at age 32. And At Last, but certainly not least, the phenomenal Etta James died at age 73.
We will always remember you. You have left an immortal footprint in the lives of us all. Rest In Peace.