Actress Shonka Dukureh was found dead inside her Nashville apartment, right on the heels of a standout role in the new 'Elvis' biopic.

With barely anytime to process the information, Kryst's family released a statement describing her as "a great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength." 

Lusia "Lucy" Harris-Stewart, the legendary hall of fame hopps star and first-ever woman drafted by the NBA whose largely unknown life story is told in an Academy Award-contending documentary called "The Queen Of Basketball," has died at the age of 66.

White transcended time with her comedic charm entertaining multiple generations.

Here's a list of 21 of the most devastating deaths of notable Black people that rocked an entire diaspora in 2021.

Ronnie Wilson, the older brother of "Uncle" Charlie Wilson as well as a co-founder and one-third of the legendary Gap Band, has died at the age of 73 one week after suffering a stroke.

Days after celebrating his 50th birthday, West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg revealed that his mother, Beverly Tate, had died after battling a long illness.

Michael K. Williams, the veteran actor who rose to fame playing the role of Omar Little, a hitman for hire in the award-winning drama, "The Wire," has reportedly died at the age of 54.

Gregg Leakes, a former real estate investor and longtime veteran of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reality TV show has died at the age of 66 following a years-long battle with colon cancer.

Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, a co-founder of Kool & the Gang and saxophonist for the legendary R&B group, has died at the age of 70.

Cerain Anthony Raekwon Baker, the 21-year-old son of comedian Tony Baker, was killed along with two others in a fiery three-car crash caused by a street race in which he was not a part of in Southern California.

Glen Ford, a veteran broadcast and print journalist who hosted the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on TV before going on to found the Black Agenda Report, has died at 71.