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OBITUARIES  2006

James Brown    Age: 73
James Brown, the legendary R&B belter, a singer and songwriter who created a foundation for funk and provided the roots of rap, a man of many nicknames but a talent that can only be described as one of a kind, died 12/25/06 at Atlanta's Emory Crawford Long Hospital of congestive heart failure.
Mike Evans    Age: 57
Mike Evans, 57, an actor best known for his role as Lionel Jefferson in the TV sitcoms "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died of throat cancer Dec. 14 at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, his niece Dr. Chrystal Evans said.
Tamara Dobson    Age: 59
Stood 6 feet 2 inches, eventually became a fashion model for Vogue Magazine. She made a few films in Hollywood but is best known for her roles in the Blaxploitation films, Cleopatra Jones (1973) and Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975). Tamara died October 2, 2006 of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis.
Bebe Moore    Age: 56
Novelist Bebe Moore Campbell, whose best-selling books included Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir and Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, died 11/27/06 in Los Angeles from complications related to brain cancer. She was 56.
Gerald Levert    Age: 40
Singer Gerald Levert, one of the most popular R&B stars of the '90s as a solo artist and a member of the groups Levert and LSG, died of a heart attack Friday 11/10/06 in Cleveland. He was 40.
Ruth Brown    Age: 78
Singer Ruth Brown, whose recordings of "Teardrops in My Eyes," "5-10-15 Hours" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" died of complications from a stroke and heart attack at a Las Vegas-area hospital on 11/17/06.
Billy Preston    Age: 59
The great singer-songwriter and performer Billy Preston, the real "Fifth Beatle," died 6/7/06 after a long illness as a result of malignant hypertension that resulted in kidney failure and other complications. He'd been in a deep coma since last November 21, but was still struggling to recover.
Ed Bradley    Age: 65
One of the few African-American journalists in such a high-profile position, legendary CBS journalist Ed Bradley died of leukemia 11/9/06. The 65-year-old correspondent had been reporting for CBS since 1967, and was a key member of the 60 Minutes reporting team.
Katherine Dunham    Age: 96
Famed dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham died May 21, at the age of 96. She once pressed a cultural crusade that some credited with putting gang leaders in leotards. At the time, she called on everyone to share her love for the arts and "something more constructive than genocide."
Johnnie Wilder Jr.    Age: 56
Johnnie Wilder Jr., the smooth and soulful lead singer of the '70s and '80s R&B sextet Heatwave, and who made a comeback as a gospel singer died on May 13 at his Dayton, Ohio home. A 1979 car accident left him a quadriplegic. The cause of death is unknown.
June Pointer    Age: 52
June Pointer, the youngest of the Pointer Sisters -- known for the '70s and '80s hits "I'm So Excited," "Fire" and "Slow Hand" -- has died of cancer, her family said Wednesday 4/12/06. She was 52.
Floyd Patterson    Age: 71
Floyd Patterson, who came back from an embarrassing loss to become the first boxer to regain the heavyweight title, died 5/11/06. Patterson quote: "They said I was the fighter who got knocked down the most, but I also got up the most."
Kirby Puckett    Age: 45
Kirby Puckett died 3/6/06, a day after the Hall of Fame outfielder had a stroke at his Arizona home, a hospital spokeswoman said. Puckett died at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. He had been in intensive care since having surgery at another hospital following his stroke Sunday morning.
Gordon Parks    Age: 93
Gordon Parks , who captured the struggles and triumphs of black America as a photographer for Life magazine and then became Hollywood's first major black director with "The Learning Tree" and the hit "Shaft," died 3/7/06.
Fayard Nicholas    Age: 91
Fayard Nicholas, who with his brother Harold wowed the tap dancing world with their astonishing athleticism and who inspired generations of dancers, from Fred Astaire to Savion Glover, has died. Nicholas died 1/24/06 at his home from pneumonia and other complications of a stroke, his son Tony Nicholas said.
Coretta Scott King    Age: 78
Coretta Scott King, who surged to the forefront of the fight for racial equality after her husband Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968, has died at age 78, U.S. media reported on 1/31/06. She had suffered a stroke and a heart attack in August.
Lou Rawls    Age: 72
Lou Rawls, who earned fame with his glorious voice and respect through his prodigious fundraising for the United Negro College Fund, died 1/6/2006 of cancer. He was 72. Starting as a church choir boy, Rawls ultimately applied those silky tones to a variety of musical genres and more, including movies, TV shows and commercials.
Wilson Pickett    Age: 64
Alabama native and veteran soul singer Wilson Pickett, famed for his trademark screams, flaming delivery and flamboyant costumes, and known for such hits as "Mustang Sally" and "In the Midnight Hour," died on Thursday 1/19/06 of a heart attack in Virginia, his manager said. He was 64.
Robert McFerrin    Age: 85
Robert McFerrin Sr., the first black man to sing solo at the New York Metropolitan Opera and the father of Grammy-winning conductor-vocalist Bobby McFerrin, died of a heart attack 11/24/06. He was 85.
Octavia Butler    Age: 58
A woman of great intellect, of immense talent, of tremendous passion, and, it seems, so very much alone. Her death after falling and hitting her head outside her home in Seattle has rattled those who loved her work. She was 58.





 
 
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