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Bernie Madoff, the investment advisor who conned his clients out of billions of dollars, has died in prison at age 82.

The disgraced financier died on Wednesday, April 14, at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, where he was serving 150 years in prison.

His death was announced by the Bureau of Prisons on Wednesday morning. The spokesperson said he died of natural causes and his death was not COVID-19 related.

Madoff was accused of running one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history. The financial fraud netted Madoff $64.8 billion from 4,800 wealthy clients.

Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme collapsed like a house of cards on December 11, 2008 upon his arrest in New York City.

His sons Mark and Andrew told authorities their father had confessed to them that his investment firm was a Ponzi scheme. Madoff told his sons the billions he had "invested" for his clients was gone.

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In 2009, Madoff's brother Peter Madoff (center) pleaded guilty in federal court to a variety of charges. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

JP Morgan Chase & Co. bank agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle prosecutor's claims that it facilitated Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

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Prosecutors reached an agreement with Bernie's wife, Ruth Madoff, to keep $2.5 million and a small home.

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In return, she agreed to give up all of her possessions, including her $7 million Upper East Side penthouse; an $11 million mansion in Palm Beach, Fla.; art and jewelry worth millions; $8.8 million worth of yachts; and property in Antibes and France worth $19 million.

Madoff's son Mark hanged himself on December 11, 2010. The date was the second anniversary of his father's arrest. Madoff's son Andrew died of lymphoma on September 3, 2014.

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Madoff's personal assets, including his clothing, Rolex watches, golf clubs, and hundreds of pairs of shoes, were auctioned by U.S. Marshals. A court-appointed trustee recovered more than $13 billion of an estimated $17.5 billion for his millionaire and billionaire investors.

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At the time of Madoff's arrest, fake account statements told clients they had holdings worth $60 billion.

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Rapper Dark Man X, aka DMX, has died at age 50. The beloved rapper was taken off life support after brain scans showed very little brain activity.

DMX, born Earl Simmons, was admitted to a hospital in White Plains, NY on Friday, April 2, after he suffered a heart attack. Sources told TMZ that the rapper overdosed on drugs.

However, his family said DMX's heart attack may have been in "reaction to the vaccine".

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In a statement on Thursday, the family said drugs were not involved in the rapper's condition.

"[DMX] got the vaccine when they opened it up to people over 50. He got it so that he could go travel and perform, stuff like that," the statement read. "He took that vaccine, and he had a heart attack. I'm not saying the vaccine did it, but he never had a heart attack before."

DMX rose to fame in the early 1990s after his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot received critical acclaim. The album sold over 251,000 copies within its first week of release.

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DMX's manager dismissed reports that he is brain dead after comedienne Luenell tweeted that her friend was "gone."

Luenell caused an uproar on Twitter on Thursday night, April 8, when she tweeted: "It is over. My friend is gone. Soar w/ the (doves emoji). Join the best that ever did it. RIP... DMX." The post was later deleted.

"RIP DMX" and "Rest in Power DMX" started trending on Twitter.com, causing DMX's manager Steve Rifkind to deny the rumors.

In a video message, Rifkind said: "Please stop posting these rumors, DMX is still alive. Yes, he is still on life support but it is not helping anybody by seeing these false rumors."

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DMX welcomed his fifteenth child in 2016. He broke down while discussing his mother in a 2012 interview. "Not once has she ever told me she loved me," he said.

On February 10, 2016, DMX was found unresponsive in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers. He was revived with Narcan and rushed to a hospital. He told doctors he suffered an asthma attack at the time.

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Prince Philip, the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away at age 99.

The news was announced by Buckingham Palace on Twitter on Friday, April 9.

"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the tweet read. "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

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Many in England are wondering if Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle will attend the prince's funeral.

Harry was "advised to fly home right now to day goodbye to his grandfather," a source told The Royal Observer.

Meghan will likely remain in California until their baby is born.

The couple bad-mouthed the Royal family in a recent tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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The news comes after Prince Philip spent 28 nights in a hospital, after being treated for a serious infection and undergoing heart surgery in March.

The Duke retired from royal duties in 2017. In January, Philip was involved in a car crash after he pulled out onto the main road near the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

The royal was uninjured in the crash but two people in the other car were hospitalized.

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Born in Greece, Prince Philip joined the navy in 1939 and fought in World War II. During the war, he corresponded with the then-teenage Princess Elizabeth, and they announced their engagement in 1947.

After the couple's wedding in November of that year, he was named Duke of Edinburgh and left the military after his wife's accession to the throne in 1952. He officially became a British Prince in 1957.

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Prince Philip is survived by Queen Elizabeth II, and their children Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward, as well as eight grandchildren, including Harry and Prince William.

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Quindon Tarver, best known for his performance in Romeo + Juliet, died in a single car accident, according to multiple reports. He was 38.

Tarver died after he crashed his car into a wall on the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas, Texas on Friday, April 2, his uncle Willie Tarver, told the Daily Beast.

He gained fame as a child for his vocal performance in Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

"He loved everybody," another uncle, Kevin Tarver, told the Daily Beast about his nephew. "He loved music since he was young, and singing eventually took him all around the world. That was his passion."

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Tarver started out singing in church choirs and appeared as a choir boy in Baz Luhrmann's modern adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy. He performed covers of Prince's "When Doves Cry" and Rozalla's "Everybody's Free."

He also appeared in Madonna's "Like a Prayer" music video, and on seasons 2 and 7 of American Idol.

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2017, Quindon Tarver said his career tanked after he spoke out about being sexually abused by his former manager when he was on the same record label as B2K.

"I was hurting. I had been molested, I had been raped, I had lost my career, which is what I had dreamed of doing all my life," he said.

Tarver struggled with bisexuality, drugs, alcohol and suicidal thoughts. He was invited to sing "When Doves Cry" at a 2016 Prince tribute in Los Angeles, which he credits as a turning point in his life.

The singer released a new version of "Everybody's Free" in 2017, and came out with a single, "Stand Our Ground," in October, 2020.

In his final post on Instagram on March 25, Tarver spoke about suicidal thoughts and his belief in God.

He captioned the video:

"When I think of being at my lowest point in life & suicide was my only way out in 2012. After the attempted try that landed me on life support for 17 hours on a breathing machine... it was NOBODY BUT GOD that put breath back in my body! This @dorindaclarkcole song has been a testimonial song for me & it will hold dear to me heart forever! I thank God for being God!!!"

 

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Character actor Yaphet Kotto, best known for starring as a villain kingpin in James Bond film Live and Let Die, has passed away. He was 81.

Kotto's wife Tessie Sinahon broke the news on Facebook on Monday night, March 15. She wrote:

"I'm saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years. He died last night around 10:30pm Philippine time... You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you're a real hero and to a lot of people also. A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent human being, very rare to find. One of the best actor in Hollywood a Legend. Rest in Peace Honey, I’m gonna miss you everyday, my best friend, my rock."

Kotto got his start in acting on Broadway, where he appeared in The Great White Hope, among other productions in the 1960s.

In 1967 he released a single, "Have You Ever Seen The Blues" / "Have You Dug His Scene" on Chisa Records.

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He transitioned from Broadway to blaxploitation films such as 1973's Friday Foster, alongside Pam Grier, before major Hollywood studios came calling.

As well as starring in Live and Let Die - pulling double duty as dictator Dr. Kananga and his alter ego Mr. Big - Kotto famously played technician Dennis Parker in 1979 horror movie Alien, and appeared opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987 action film The Running Man.

Kotto also enjoyed success on the small screen, starring as Al Giardello in the series Homicide: Life on the Street from 1993 to 1999.

In his final role before his death he voiced the character of Parker once again for the Alien: Isolation video game.

He is survived by his wife and six children.

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Troop singer Reggie Warren (far right) passed away after battling unspecified health issues. He was 52.

The R&B veteran died on Sunday, March 14, following his discharge from a California hospital on Saturday. He was discharged so he could spend his final moments at his San Bernardino County, California home with his family, his spokesperson told TMZ.

The spokesperson added that his death was not coronavirus-related.

Warren rose to fame with R&B group Troop, an acronym for Total Respect of Other People, in the 1980s. Group members included childhood pals Rodney Benford, Steve Russell, John Harreld, and Allen McNeil.

The group scored their first big hit with the single "Mamacita," and went on to enjoy further success with "Spread My Wings," taken from their second album, Attitude, and a cover of the Jacksons hit song "All I Do is Think of You."

Troop also famously made an appearance as an a capella group in Wesley Snipes' movie classic New Jack City, performing a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Living For the City."

The band embarked on a hiatus in the late 1990s, but eventually reunited in the 2000s and performed in concert with acts like Boyz II Men, Keith Sweat, Jon B, and Brian McKnight.

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Legendary boxer "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler passed away after suffering side effects of the mRNA vaccine he received days before. He was 66.

Hagler's wife, Kay, announced his death on Saturday.

Former boxing champion Thomas "Hitman" Hearns tweeted on Saturday that Hagler was in a hospital intensive care unit after suffering side effects to the vaccine.

"A real true warrior Pray for the king and his family.. he's in ICU fighting the after effects of the vaccine! He'll be just fine but we could use the positive energy and Prayer for his Full Recovery!"

Boxing fans were shocked at the news. One fan tweeted:

"Im proper gutted!! the Great Marvin Hagler dies after taking the vaccine! Please do your own research before making a decision on putting something in your body that has not been tested properly & we r being used as the guinea pigs & not told the #Truth about #vaccine."

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Hagler was the undisputed middleweight champion of the world from 1980 until 1987. He recorded 52 knockouts during his stellar career.

Among his knockouts was a memorable brawl with Hearns in April 1985 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which Hagler won by third-round knockout (watch the first round below).

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Reggae legend Bunny Wailer passed away from natural causes in a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, March 2, his manager, Maxine Stowe, confirmed to the Jamaica Observer newspaper. He was 73.

The musician struggled with speech impediments following his first minor stroke in 2018. He suffered his second stroke in July 2020.

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Born Neville O'Riley Livingston in Kingston, Bunny (in black tee) is best known as an original member of The Wailers, along with his childhood pal Bob Marley (in green jacket) and Peter Tosh (not pictured), in the early 1960s.

He sang on tracks like "Reincarnated Souls", "Burnin'", "Pass it On", and "Hallelujah Time." He went solo in 1973, following the success of the band's major-label debut album Catch a Fire.

Bunny released singles including "Dreamland", "Dancing Shoes", "Searching For Love", "Life Line" and "Bide Up", while he also reworked a string of The Wailers' hits for his 1980 project Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers.

Bunny won three Grammy Awards (Best Reggae Album) for 1991's Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, Crucial! Roots Classics in 1995, and 1997's Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary.

Bunny was considered a national treasure in his native Jamaica, and was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2012, and the Order of Merit in 2017.
 

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Civil rights activist Vernon Jordan passed away on Monday, according to a statement from his family. He was 85.

Jordan was a power broker and an influential figure in American politics. He was a former president of the National Urban League and was a close advisor and counselor to President Bill Clinton.

Jordan, who was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, was rejected for a summer internship with an insurance company after his sophomore year in college because of his race.

Jordan graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, in 1957. He was the only Black student in a class of 400.

He received a J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law in 1960.

Jordan returned to Atlanta, where he rose to prominence as a civil rights activist after joining the law office of Donald L. Hollowell.

The law firm sued the University of Georgia for racial discrimination in its admission policies. The suit was settled out of court when the school agreed to admit two Black students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton E. Holmes.

Jordan personally escorted Hunter past a group of angry white protesters to the university admissions office.

After leaving private law practice in the early 1960s, Jordan was named the Georgia field director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In 1970, Jordan became executive director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). He served as president of the National Urban League from 1971 to 1981.

On May 29, 1980, Jordan was shot and seriously wounded while accompanied by a white woman, Martha Coleman, outside the Marriott Inn in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was visited in the hospital by then-president Jimmy Carter. The visit was the first story ever covered by the new cable network CNN.

Joseph Paul Franklin, a white man, was acquitted in 1982 of charges of attempted murder. He later admitted he was the shooter. Franklin was convicted of several murders and received six life sentences, as well as two death sentences. He was executed by lethal injection in 2013 at age 63.

Jordan leaves behind his second wife, Ann Jordan, and a daughter from his first marriage, Vickee Jordan Adams, in addition to nine grandchildren, seven by Ann Jordan's three children, Janice, Mercer, and Toni.

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Comedienne, actress and "Windy City Live" contributor Erica Faye Watson has died. She was 48.

The Chicago native's brother said she died Saturday after she was diagnosed with Covid-19. Her cause of death was not confirmed by a coroner, but Watson was morbidly obese.

Morbid obesity is a risk factor for Covid-19, along with respiratory disorders (such as asthma); heart disease, diabetes, smoking and HIV.

Watson died in Jamaica where she moved during the Covid-19 breakout in the United States in 2020.

She was a contributor on ABC7's Windy City Live, and appeared in the Oscar nominated film "Precious" and “ChiRaq."

"Erica was loved and adored by just so many people. She had such a vibrant, vivacious spirit," her agent, April Williams, told WBBM. "I really hope and am praying that she knew what a gem to Chicago she was and how proud we were of her."

She also hosted "Night Cap with Erica" as "Miss Poundcakes" on her YouTube channel. She talked about Black Americans who have made their exit from America and moved to Jamaica permanently on her "BLAXIT to Jamaica" episode (see below) and join their private BLAXIT Facebook group.
 

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James Burke, pictured right, of the R&B group The Five Stairsteps, died Friday, Feb. 19. He was 70.

His death was confirmed to the Rolling Stone on Tuesday by his brother Dennis Burke, who said the cause of death was pneumonia, according to Variety.com.

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The group was comprised of five of Betty and Clarence Burke Sr.'s six children. (L-R): sister Alohe Jean, and brothers Clarence Jr., James, Dennis, and Kenneth "Keni" Burke.

The R&B group once regarded as "the First Family of Soul" served as inspirations for sibling R&B groups such as The Jackson 5, The Sylvers and the Brighter Side of Darkness.

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The Five Stairsteps's hits included "Ooh Child", "World of Fantasy," and "Don't Change Your Love.

"Ooh Child" was their only single to crack the Top 40 chart in 1970.

The song was ranked at No. 402 by Rolling Stone magazine on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List.

"Ooh Child" was covered by Nina Simone, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Kelly Rowland, the Spinners, and more.

Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer and guitarist for The Five Stairsteps, died in 2013 at his home in Marietta, Ga. He was 64.

The youngest brother, Cubie, who briefly joined the group at age 3, died in 2014 at age 49.

Clarence Burke, Sr., died on July 16, 2020, the day before his 91st birthday, in an Atlanta area hospital.

The surviving siblings: Alohe Jean, 73, Dennis, 69, and Keni, 67, all live in the Atlanta area.
 

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Rapper, radio personality and producer Prince Markie Dee, real name Mark Morales, passed away a day before his 53rd birthday. His cause of death is not known.

Dee's friend, Louis Gregory, confirmed the sad news via Twitter on Thursday, hours after Morales death.

"Prince Markie Dee was more than a rapper; he was one of my very best and closest friends," Gregory wrote. "My heart breaks today because I lost a brother. I'll always love you Mark and I'll cherish everything you taught me. Tomorrow is your birthday, swing my way big bro."

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SiriusXM's Rock the Bells, where Dee hosted a daily show, also tweeted a tribute: "The Rock The Bells family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Mark 'Prince Markie Dee' Morales earlier today. That voice and his presence can never be replaced. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones."

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Born in Miami, Dee (center) formed The Fat Boys, originally named Disco 3, with Brooklyn, New York natives, Darren "Buff Love" Robinson (left), aka "The Human Beat Box", and Damon "Kool Rock-Ski" Wimbley (right), in the early 1980s.

The group released seven studio albums and enjoyed hits with songs like "Wipeout", which was recorded with The Beach Boys.

Dee left The Fat Boys in the early 1990s and released two solo albums, while working as a songwriter and producer for Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige.

"Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)" was the second single off Dee's first solo album after leaving Fat Boys. It topped the Rap Songs Chart in 1993.

Dee was once engaged to Sandra "Pepa" Denton, of Salt-N-Pepa in the mid-1980s. He did not have any children.

Chuck D and Juicy J were among the first hip-hop stars to pay tribute on Thursday evening, after the news of Dee's death broke.

The Public Enemy leader wrote: "Man... such a good dude a @hiphopgods legend," while Juicy J added: "Wow I did a zoom interview with the legend a month ago R.I.P. Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys."
 

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Controversial political radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has lost his battle with lung cancer. He was 70.

The radio icon passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, according to Limbaugh's widow, Kathryn, who announced his death on Limbaugh's popular radio show.

Limbaugh revealed his Stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis in February, 2020 -- the day before President Donald Trump honored him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Former First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Trump's State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC on Feb. 4, 2020.

Limbaugh launched his popular syndicated radio show in 1988, and quickly became one of the most influential conservative voices in media. He was a staunch and unwavering Trump supporter until the end.

Last year, his show aired on more than 600 stations via Premiere Networks and reached 27 million people weekly.

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Mary Wilson, an original member of the Supremes, has died at age 76.

According to her publicist Jay Schwartz, Wilson - a co-founding member of The Supremes - passed away "suddenly" at her Las Vegas home on Monday night.

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Reacting to her death, Motown label founder Berry Gordy said in a statement:

"I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes... I was always proud of Mary. She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes. Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed."

TV personality Sherri Shepherd and singer Ledisi were among the other names paying tribute to Wilson on social media.

She shared a YouTube video announcing she was working on new music just two days before her death.

Wilson told fans that she signed with Universal Music and was working on some solo tracks. She hoped the project would be released on her birthday -- March 6.

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Wilson was a co-founder of The Supremes, alongside Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, and she was featured on all 12 of the group's chart-topping hits from 1964 until 1969, including "Stop! In The Name of Love" and "You Keep Me Hanging On."

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Ms. Wilson is pictured with famed fashion designer Sir Keith Holman who designed stage costumes for The Supremes at their peak.

Wilson also appeared on U.S. TV talent show Dancing With the Stars in 2019.

She's survived by daughter Turkessa, son Pedro Antonio Jr and six grandchildren.

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Danny Ray, the cape man for legendary R&B singer James Brown, has died.

When Brown collapsed onstage, exhausted and bathed in sweat while performing "Please, Please, Please," Ray draped his cape around his shoulders, giving him the strength to continue his performance.

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The 85-year-old cape man, who took his job seriously, died Tuesday night of natural causes, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

"The James Brown estate mourns the passing of Mr. Danny Ray, the legendary emcee and cape man for James Brown," officials for Brown's estate said in a statement. "Ray worked with Brown from 1960 until the music legend's death on Christmas day 2006. He became famous for draping a cape over Brown at the end of his signature tune Please, Please, Please. Mr. Ray was the second-hardest working man in show business."

Rev. Al Sharpton was among the first people to pay tribute to Ray, tweeting: "Saddened to get the call that Danny Ray, famed MC and cape man for James Brown, died at 85 years old. He was like an Uncle to me as I traveled the world years ago w/ (with) The Godfather of Soul. Danny will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace and Power, family."

Ray was originally Brown's valet before becoming his pre-concert emcee. His voice can be heard in introductions on multiple Brown live recordings.

Bassist Bootsy Collins also paid tribute, tweeting: "We lost another Legend Mr. Danny Ray. Some called him Cape-man, because he put on the Cape for James Brown, but for me when a Man Don't need his head Rubbed to activate Other's, he becomes Bigger than his Proceived appearance [sic]! Thx u Mr. Ray..."