It has unfortunately been reported that comedian Fuquan Johnson and two others have passed away due to drug overdoses.
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According to TMZ, Johnson along with Enrico Colangeli (Rico Angeli) and Natalie Williamson passed away after taking cocaine that was laced with fentanyl over the weekend. Another person who also overdosed was Kate Quiqley, who is expected to survive the tragic incident.
“In any case, we’re told cops were summoned a little after midnight, and when they arrived … they found 4 people who appeared to be either deceased or close to it. Our sources say Johnson and 2 others were pronounced dead on the scene … while Quigley was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Unclear how she’s doing now — we’ve tried reaching out to her team for comment, but have come up short on contacts for the woman.”Though the LAPD homicide unit was notified about the incident, there’s no word on whether or not they’ll be getting involved in the investigation, but if they do it’s gonna lead to some arrests at some point.
“Still, it could spell trouble … and possibly mean Uncle Sam gets involved, a la Mac Miller — whose death spurred federal charges after an investigation … with indictments for the alleged dealers.”
Fuquan was only 43-years-old while Enrico and Natalie were 48 and 33, respectively.
10. Glen Ford, veteran journalist and Black Agenda Report founder, 71
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11. Gloria Richardson, civil rights pioneer, 99
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12. Biz Markie, hip-hop legend, 57
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13. Charlie Robinson, actor, 75
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14. Matima "Swavy" Miller, social media star, 19
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15. Suzzanne Douglas, actress, 64
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16. Abdalelah Haroun, track and field star, 24
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17. Consuewella Dotson Africa, MOVE leader, 67
Heartbroken to learn that Consuewella Africa passed away today. She was arrested on Aug 8, 1978 w/ the MOVE 9 + spent 16 yrs in prison. May 13th, 1985, her daughters Netta and Tree were murdered. 2 mos ago, we learned Penn Museum held hostage Tree's remains. And now she is gone pic.twitter.com/nZSW7Yu2yE
38. Sarah Obama, paternal step-grandmother of Barack Obama, 99
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39. Craig "muMs" Grant, poet-actor
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40. Elgin Baylor, NBA legend, 86
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41. Yaphet Kotto, actor, 81
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42. Reggie Warren, singer, 52
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43. Jo Thompson, muscian-singer, 92
Jo Thompson broke racial barriers during the decades she played the piano and sang to audiences from Detroit’s top supper clubs to ones in Cuba, New York, London and Paris during the 1950s. https://t.co/9GGN8Njdx4
62. Karen Lewis, former Chicago Teachers Union president, 67
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63. Leon Spinks, former heavyweight champion, 67
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64. Dianne Durham, gymnast, 52
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65. John Chaney, college basketball coaching legend, 89
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66. Cicely Tyson, actresss, 96
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67. Hank Aaron, MLB icon, 86
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68. Duranice Pace, gospel singer, 62
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69. Tim Lester, NFL star, 52
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70. Bryan Monroe, former NABJ president, 55
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71. Meredith C. Anding Jr., civil rights icon, 79
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Meredith Anding Jr., one of the Tougaloo College students who attempted to integrate the Jackson Municipal Library in 1961. Thank you for taking a stand for Freedom! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Anding family. pic.twitter.com/HC1tURbUd2
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[caption id="attachment_4194194" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Jamaican reggae musician, singer and producer Lee “Scratch” Perry performs at Poppodium De Flux, Zaandam, Netherlands, April 8, 2018. | Source: Paul Bergen / Getty[/caption]
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While death is inevitably a part of life, that truth doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye to those who have died.
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Lee “Scratch” Perry, a pioneering and legendary reggae singer, musician and producer who made significant contributions to the genre while working with some of its greatest singers and musicians, including Bob Marley, has died in his native Jamaica, according to widespread reports. The date and cause of Perry’s death were not immediately reported.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed the death of Perry — born Rainford Hugh Perry — in a tweet posted on Sunday.
“My deep condolences to the family, friends, and fans of legendary record producer and singer, Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as “Lee Scratch” Perry,” Holness tweeted Sunday morning. “Undoubtedly, Lee Scratch Perry will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music fraternity. May his soul Rest In Peace.”
https://twitter.com/AndrewHolnessJM/status/1431994929841049606?s=20DancehallMag.com referred to the Grammy Award-winning Perry as “one of the most important creative, artistic and musical figures of the second half of the 1900s” who “is revered across Europe, where he was constantly booked for tours.”
However, Perry had relocated early this year from Europe back to Jamaica.
The Guardian recalled how Perry rose to prominence:
“The loping tempos of Perry’s work established the roots reggae sound that Bob Marley made world famous, while his dub production, with its haunting use of space and echo, would have a profound influence on post-punk, hip-hop, dance music and other genres. Along with his gnomic pronouncements and mystical air, he became one of Jamaica’s most unusual and esteemed artists. Keith Richards once described him as ‘the Salvador Dalí of music. He’s a mystery. The world is his instrument. You just have to listen.'”
Tributes to Perry poured in on social media after news of his death broke on Sunday with many remembering him as a pioneer of “dub,” a subgenre of reggae and someone who embraced employing technology into music, such as adding vocal and other effects that evolved the art of remixing a record.
Keep reading to learn more about some of the other notable Black people who have died this year.