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OBITUARIES  2009

Alaina Reed-Amini    Age: 63
Alaina Reed-Amini, the Broadway star and TV actress best known for her long-running roles on "Sesame Street" and "227," died 12/17/09. Reed-Amini died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica after a two-year battle with breast cancer, her publicist Billy Laurence said.
DJ Mr. Magic    Age: unknown
New York DJ Mr. Magic reportedly died of a heart attack early morning October 2, 2009. Mr. Magic was immortalized in the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut single, "Juicy," when the Brooklyn rapper rhymed "Every Saturday 'Rap Attack,' Mr. Magic, Marley Marl."
Haydain Neale    Age: 39
Juno Award-winning jacksoul singer Haydain Neale passed away 11/22/09 in Toronto's Mount Sinai hospital, following a private battle with lung cancer, surrounded by family and friends. Though not publicly disclosed, Neale had also been struggling with lung cancer over the past seven months.
Naomi Sims    Age: 61
Naomi Sims, one of the world's first black supermodels, has died 8/1/09 after a battle with breast cancer, according to her family.She became an icon of the "Black is Beautiful" movement after she appeared on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal magazine in November 1968.
E. Lynn Harris    Age: 54
E. Lynn Harris, the author who introduced millions of readers to the "invisible life" of black gay men, was a literary pioneer whose generosity was as huge as his courage. Harris, 54, died 7/23/09 while on a business trip to Los Angeles, California, said Laura Gilmore, his publicist.
Michael Jackson    Age: 50
Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted "King of Pop" who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world's most influential singer and dancer died Thursday, 6/25/09, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. He was 50.
Steve McNair    Age: 36
Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was shot and killed in Nashville home 7/4/09, from an apparent double homicide. McNair, and an unidentified woman were found dead in a condominium, a Nashville police spokesman told reporters.
Wayman Tisdale    Age: 44
Wherever Wayman Tisdale went, whatever he was doing, chances were he was smiling. Tisdale was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma in the mid-1980s before playing a dozen years in the NBA and later becoming an accomplished jazz musician. Wayman lost a two year battle with cancer on 5/15/09.
Koko Taylor    Age: 80
Koko Taylor, a sharecropper's daughter whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the sobriquet "Queen of the Blues," died after complications from surgery on 6/3/09.
David 'Fathead' Newman    Age: 75
David "Fathead" Newman, a jazz saxophonist who was a key member of Ray Charles' band for a dozen years and later became a high-profile session player, has died. Newman died 1/20/09 of pancreatic cancer at a hospital in Kingston, N.Y., according to his wife and manager, Karen Newman.
Estelle Bennett    Age: 67
Estelle Bennett, whose voice helped the Ronettes climb the charts on such hits as 'Be My Baby' and 'Baby, I Love You,' died 2/11/09.. Her trio, working with producer Phil Spector, helped crystallize the famed "wall of sound" production that became part of pop music history.




 
 
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