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In Memoriam: Black celebrities who died in 2016 (with video)


This was a rough year. In addition to months filled with horrendous political discourse, mass shootings and other tragedies, we lost many people whose talent molded “the culture.”

In recent days, we learned that the beloved “Growing Pains” dad, Alan Thicke, and actresses Florence Henderson and Zsa Zsa Gabor passed. There were also several African Americans from the world of sports, entertainment, and social justice who left this world this year.

It’s almost like 2016 was doomed. We learned at the beginning of the year that songstress Natalie Cole passed away on Dec. 31, 2015 and they just kept on dying. The biggest shocker of the year was the sudden death of Prince. Then Earth Wind and Fire frontman Maurice White left us. Funnyman Tommy Ford, who played Tommy Strong on Martin, died at age  52, while A Tribe Call Quest’s Phife Dawg passed at 45.

And there are many others. We’re left to wonder who will be as big a trailblazer as those who were taken way too soon.




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