NewsOne’s obituaries and death notices section honors the legacies of renowned Black artists, celebrities, and other notable figures. Remember and celebrate the lives of those who have significantly contributed to Black culture, social and revolutionary issues, and beyond. Stay informed and pay tribute to our icons with NewsOne’s comprehensive coverage of their passing.

Ellen Holly, the first Black actor to lead a daytime TV show with her role in the soap opera "One Life To Live," has died at 92.

The TV producer's death draws attention to his iconic sitcoms like "Good Times."

She famously called out textbook publisher for referring to slaves as “workers.”

Bishop Carlton D. Pearson, the center of Netflix film "Come Sunday," died Sunday night at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.

George Brown, founding drummer of legendary band Kool & The Gang, died at 74 following a battle with stage 4 cancer.

Aaron Spears, who has drummed for Usher, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and many others, passed away at the age of 47.


The “Shaft” star is credited for changing the career trajectory of leading Black male actors. 

Tasha Butts battled breast cancer for two years.

Robert Wayne Lee aka Boobac Shakur, who devoted his life to protecting children, was shot and killed in Pontiac, Michigan, after confronting a suspected child predator.

South African activist Zoleka Mandela was 43.


"My beautiful sister and friend has passed away," LeMisha Grinstead wrote on Instagram.


Whether it’s from gun violence, heart disease, cancer, self-harm or drugs, the number of rappers whose lives have ended prematurely is alarming.