Sad News

UK NEWS: 80S HIP HOP STAR DEREK B DIES

I have just been informed that 80s UK rapper Derek B (real name Derek Boland) has died. Derek B was the first UK rapper to achieve pop success and went on to sign with Rush Artist Management. During this period he released several singles and the album Bullet From a Gun in 1988. Boland suffered a heart attack and died in hospital. Rest In Peace Derek. Advertisements

FIRST BLACK SUPER MODEL NAOMI SIMMS DIES

Via NY Daily News Naomi Sims, the first black supermodel, died of cancer Saturday in Newark at age 61, the New York Times reports. Sims broke barriers when she made the cover of Ladies Home Journal in 1968 — becoming the first black model to do so on a mainstream women’s magazine. It was a defining achievement for the “Black is Beautiful” movement at the time – and Sims went on to appear on the covers of Life, Cosmopolitan and Essence. Continue []

ACTRESS NATASHA RICHARDSON DIES AT AGE 45

Via BBC News British actress Natasha Richardson has died from injuries sustained in a skiing accident, her husband Liam Neeson’s publicist has said. Richardson, 45, who was a member of the Redgrave family, fell on a beginners’ slope at the Mont Tremblant resort in Canada on Monday. Neeson said that the family were devastated by the death of their “beloved Natasha”. She died in a New York hospital where she had been transferred.  Continue Reading…. Rest In Peace Natasha Richardson.

SOUTH AFRICAN SINGER MIRIAM MAKEBA DIES

South African singing legend Miriam Makeba has died aged 76, after being taken ill in Italy. She had just taken part in a concert near the southern town of Caserta, the Ansa news agency reported. The concert was on behalf of Roberto Saviano, the author of an expose of the Camorra mafia whose life has subsequently been threatened. Ms Makeba appeared on Paul Simon’s Graceland tour in 1987 and in 1992 had a leading role in the film Sarafina! Ansa said she []

BODY FOUND IN HUDSON BOY HUNT

US police hunting for actress Jennifer Hudson’s missing seven-year-old nephew say they have found the body of a boy in a white car, reports say. Julian King has not been seen since Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot dead in their Chicago home.  Continue Reading…. They are saying that the dead boy is Julian King, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. No words…. 😦

MOTOWN SONG WRITER NORMAN WHITFIELD DIES

Motown songwriter and producer Norman Whitfield, whose credits include hits I Heard It Through The Grapevine and War, has died in Los Angeles. Whitfield – believed to be 67 – worked at the legendary label in the ’60s and ’70s, adding a rock edge to soul music. Many of his hits were co-written with Barrett Strong, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. The pair won a Grammy in 1972 for Papa Was A []

UK REGGAE ARTIST TUBBY T DIES

UK Reggae artist Tubby T passed away this week after suffering a relapse and a second stroke in four years. Continue Reading…..  😦 My deepest condolances go out to Tubby’s family at this sad time. Rest In Peace Tubby T Fallacy ft Tubby T – Big n Bashy Tubby T @ Myspace 

UK NEWS: MURDERED DAMILOLA TAYLOR’S MOTHER DIES

The mother of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor has died of a suspected heart attack. Gloria Taylor, 57, collapsed at about 1945 BST on Tuesday while walking with her husband in south-east London, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said. … Continue Reading This is so sad…. 😦 Rest In Peace Gloria.