December 5, 2013
Sunset: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999
BREAKING: South African president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 5, 2013
“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 5, 2013
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela was inspirational. On behalf of NZ I’d like to express my sincere condolences to his family and all South Africans.
— John Key (@johnkeypm) December 5, 2013
A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I’ve asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 5, 2013
Nelson Madiba Mandela was the hero for all freedom loving people. He will always be remembered for what he gave the world – human dignity.
— Amama Mbabazi (@AmamaMbabazi) December 5, 2013
Madiba- President (1st,post-apartheid SA) passes on-but what is certain he will continue to live in the hearts of many of us # rest in peace
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) December 5, 2013
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) December 6, 2013
I’m hearing about Nelson Mandela’s death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela’s family. pic.twitter.com/i5ONBP9Xez
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) December 5, 2013
World leaders mourn the death of Nelson Mandela http://t.co/vFxCKc851X
— TIME.com (@TIME) December 6, 2013
Here is the full text of Mandela’s iconic speech – “An ideal for which I am prepared to die” http://t.co/JAgwn9Fgv4
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 6, 2013
— NASA (@NASA) December 5, 2013
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November 30, 2013
Paul Walker, 40, dies in crash: report http://t.co/rYh2XxjmIM
— CoreRx, Inc. (@CoreRx) December 1, 2013
MORE: Publicist says “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles: http://t.co/vVF4zJUXuG -KH
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 1, 2013
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) December 1, 2013
Actor Paul Walker, best known for the ‘Fast & Furious’ movies, has died in a Calif. car crash, his publicist confirms http://t.co/JYsgK5DVg5
— TIME.com (@TIME) December 1, 2013
“Sadly I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon,” Walker’s rep Ame Van Iden said. http://t.co/RoMirgq8FM
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2013
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October 7, 2013
Bishop W. Ron Sailor, Sr., Pastor of Christ the King Baptist Church and former journalist for CBS Radio – WAOK 1380 and V-103, passed away yesterday October 6, 2013. He was 63. Sailor, Sr., a native of Buford, Georgia is survived by his wife, the Rev. Dr. Marion Sailor, and their 4 sons and 2 daughters.
As a journalist and commentator for television, radio, and newspaper, Sailor has been awarded the highest accolades and awards of his profession. A seven-time EMMY award winner for his outstanding performance in television as well as being named Outstanding Commentator in the Southeastern United States three-times, Bishop Sailor was the first African-American to serve as commentator for the evening news for a major southern television station on WSB-TV and also the first African-American to host an afternoon television program in Atlanta, when he hosted the “Backtalk” program on WXIA-Television.
Buzz offices saddened to hear of this lost in media and radio. Who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Ron Sailor, Sr? I personally had the pleasure of being in Sailor’s presence and learning from his media and radio wit. When owner of WIGO, Sailor took me under his wings giving me not only a show on his station, but a love for and understanding of the power of media. ~ Yalanda P Lattimore.
September 26, 2013
Evelyn Lowery, the wife of civil rights leader Joseph E. Lowery, died overnight in her Atlanta home.
She was 88.
Lowery, the founder of SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. (Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now), suffered a stroke on Sept. 18 and had been hospitalized for a week. She returned home from the hospital on Wednesday, after doctors told the family that her condition would remain critical.
Prior to her passing, family issued statement that doctors had done all they could and family was taking her home.
After receiving notification by medical experts of the irreversible damage caused by the massive stroke that our dear wife and mother experienced on last Wednesday evening, and understanding that the medical team has done all that they could do, the Lowery family has prayerfully made a decision to release her from the hospital and return her to the comforts of her home.
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September 13, 2013
Patti Webster(AP Photo/W&W Public Relations, Inc.) NEW YORK (AP) — Patti Webster, a longtime publicist who represented stars including Usher, Janet Jackson, Chris Paul and Alicia Keys, died Friday. She was 49.
Patti Webster(AP Photo/W&W Public Relations, Inc.)
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Webster was suffering from brain cancer. She died at a hospital in Somerville, N.J., her firm announced.
Webster founded W&W Public Relations in 1991. She represented celebrities in almost every field, including Halle Berry, Dwight Howard and Steve Harvey, and organizations including Creflo Dollar Ministries.
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August 20, 2013
Lee Thompson Young (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Thompson Young, who began his acting career as the star of the Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” and was featured in the film “Friday Night Lights” and the series “Rizzoli & Isles,” was found dead Monday, police said. He was 29.
There was no official cause of death, but Young’s manager, Paul Baruch, said the actor “tragically took his own life.”
August 6, 2013
The news came via notification from Ron Brewington, Motown Alumni Association (MAA). He was informed of George’s passing from former Supremes member Scherrie Payne in the note below
I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A. It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.
Funeral services will be private.
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June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally fragile mob boss in HBO’s “The Sopranos” helped create one of TV’s greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.
James Gandolfini (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
In a statement, the cable channel and Gandolfini’s managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said he died while on holiday in Rome. No cause of death was given.
May 1, 2013
Update: via 135th Street Agency
Statement Regarding the Passing of Chris Kelly
“It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him.”
– Donna Kelly Pratte (mother) & The So So Def Family
Statement from Ian Burke
I knew him ever since he was 12 years old, I can’t believe I’m saying goodbye to another child that I worked with. R.I.P. Mr. Kelly, you are indeed gone to soon! God Bless!!!” Ian Burke
Chris Kelly (Photo by Acey Harper//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)ATLANTA (AP) – Authorities in Georgia say Chris Kelly, a member of the 90s rap duo Kriss Kross, has died in Atlanta.
Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said the 34-year-old Kelley was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.
Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly’s cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.
Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy” performed alongside Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac,” in the early and mid-90s.
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March 22, 2013
Chinua Achebe (Associated Press/Craig Ruttle)
NEW YORK (AP) — Chinua Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident who gave literary birth to modern Africa with “Things Fall Apart,” has died at 82.
Achebe died following a brief illness, said his agent, Andrew Wylie.
“He was also a beloved husband, father, uncle and grandfather, whose wisdom and courage are an inspiration to all who knew him,” Wylie said.
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