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OBITUARIES  2007

Pimp C    Age: 34
Pimp C, was an American rapper, singer, and producer who was best known for his work with Bun B as a founding member of the Underground Kingz. Pimp C was found dead in his hotel room in LA where he suffered respiratory depression due to an overdose of promethazine and codeine coupled with a preexisting sleep apnea condition.
Percy Rodrigues    Age: 89
Percy Rodrigues, an actor who broke ground when he was cast as a neurosurgeon in the series “Peyton Place” in 1968, a time when blacks were just starting to win roles as authority figures on television, died on Sept. 6 at his home in Indio, Calif.. He was 89.The cause was kidney failure, said his wife, Karen Cook-Rodrigues.
Ike Turner    Age: 76
Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock's critical architects was overshadowed by his ogrelike image as the man who brutally abused former wife Tina Turner , died Wednesday 12/12/07, at his home in suburban San Diego.
Max Roach    Age: 83
Max Roach got his first musical break at age 16, filling in when Duke Ellington's drummer fell ill in 1940. Those three nights spawned a career that would make the self-taught Roach the first jazz musician ever honored with a MacArthur Fellowship, or "genius grant." The master percussionist died 8/15/07 in a Manhattan hospital after a long illness.
Jon Lucien    Age: 65
Jazz singer Jon Lucien — known for his deep baritone and soulful love songs has died on 8/18/07. Lucien's wife says the 65-year-old singer died in Poinciana from respiratory complications following surgery.
Juanita Millender-McDonald    Age: 68
Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, a Democrat whose House district encompassed Compton, Carson, much of Long Beach and parts of South Los Angeles, died of cancer 4/22/07. She was 68 and had served in Congress since 1996.
Bill Pinkney    Age: 81
Bill Pinkney, the last survivor of the original members of the musical group The Drifters died on 7/4/07. He was 81. Pinkney was found dead Wednesday at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, Daytona Beach Police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said. The death was not considered suspicious, he said.
Carl Wright    Age: 75
Actor Carl Wright, who began his career as a tap dancer and comedian and later appeared in movies including Barbershop and Big Momma's House died 5/19/07 of cancer at his home in Chicago, according to his daughter, Kia Wright.
Zola Taylor    Age: 69
Zola Taylor, who broke gender barriers as the first female member of the 1950s R&B group The Platters and later became entangled in a public soap opera as one of three women claiming to be pop idol Frankie Lymon's widow died 4/30/2007. She was 69.
Yolanda Denise King    Age: 51
Yolanda Denise King, daughter and eldest child of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died 5/15/07. A spokesman for the King Center, Steve Klein said the family did not know the cause of death but think it might have been a heart problem.
Roscoe Lee Brown    Age: 81
Actor Roscoe Lee Browne, whose rich voice and dignified bearing brought him an Emmy Award and a Tony nomination, died 4/ 11/07. Browne died early Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long battle with cancer, said Alan Nierob, a spokesman for the family.
Darryl Stingley    Age: 55
Darryl Stingley, paralyzed after a vicious hit during an NFL exhibition game nearly 30 years ago, died 4/5/07. He was 55. Stingley, a star receiver with the New England Patriots , was left a quadriplegic after he collided with Oakland 's Jack Tatum while trying to catch a pass in an exhibition game on Aug. 12, 1978.
Calvin Lockhart    Age: 72
Calvin Lockhart, an actor who won acclaim for his roles as underworld figures in 1970s "blaxploitation" films, has died. Lockhart, who was buried in Nassau on 4/7/07, died 3/29/07 of complications from a stroke, his wife Jennifer Miles-Lockhart said.
Luther Ingram    Age: 68
Luther Ingram, the man who co-wrote one of pop music's greatest hits, has died at age 68. Ingram, whose recording of "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)" was a No. 1 hit in 1973, died 3/19/07 in St. Louis. He'd had a kidney transplant several years ago and fought kidney failure for most of the last decade.
Eddie Robinson    Age: 88
Eddie Robinson died late 4/4/07 after a long illness. For 55 years, he was synonymous with Grambling football. He was the winningest coach in college football. He coached more than 200 players who went on to play in the NFL.
Barbara McNair    Age: 72
Barbara McNair, a cabaret singer, actress and television personality of the 1960s who was noted as much for her stunning appearance as for her versatile voice, died on 2/4/07 in Los Angeles. The cause was throat cancer, Ms. McNair’s sister, Jacqueline Gaither, told The Associated Press.
Dennis Johnson    Age: 52
Dennis Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championships and teamed with Larry Bird on one of the great postseason plays, died 2/22/07, collapsing after his developmental team's practice. He was 52.
Billy Henderson    Age: 67
Singer Billy Henderson, a member of the band the Spinners who sang "I'll Be Around" "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "Then Came You" and "The Rubberband Man." died 1/2/07. He was 67. Henderson died of complications from diabetes at a Daytona Beach health care facility, his wife, Barbara, said.
Joe Hunter    Age: 79
Musician Joe Hunter, a three-time Grammy winner with the legendary Funk Brothers, has been found dead in his Detroit apartment. Hunter was a diabetic but his cause of death was unknown, The Detroit News reported. His son said it appeared he was trying to take some medicine when he died.





 
 
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