celebrity deaths

Dorothy Brunson, the first African-American woman to own a radio station, has died at 72-years-old. Brunson died Sunday of complications from ovarian cancer at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, according to Baltimore Sun. The media pioneer acquired Baltimore’s WEBB-AM in 1979 and later added stations in Atlanta and Wilmington, N.C., as well as a […]

Prominent politician and clergyman James “J.O.” Patterson, Jr. passed away after suffering kidney failure Saturday. Patterson was Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, and was appointed interim mayor in 1982. “He served during one of the most volatile times in the history of this city — during the sanitation worker strike in ’68. […]

VICKSBURG, Miss.– Soul-Blues singer Marvin Sease has died at age 64 after a lengthy illness. James Jefferson, owner of Jefferson Funeral Home in Vicksburg, said Sease died Tuesday at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg.

Philadelphia — Bernard “Bernie” Wilson, 64, who helped define the Sound of Philadelphia as a founding member of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, died early Sunday.

James Moody, the outsized jazz saxophonist and flutist best known for his recorded performance of ‘I’m in the Mood for Love,’ died Friday, Dec. 10 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. According to the New York Times, the 85-year-old passed away in a hospice in San Diego.