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Keyshia Cole
opened up about the death of her mother, Frankie Lons, following her sudden death last Sunday.

Frankie Lons died at her Oakland, California home on her 61st birthday following a suspected drug overdose.

Keyshia took to Instagram to remember her mother as she spoke about Frankie's passing for the first time. She shared a slideshow gallery of images featuring Frankie.

"This is so hard man," she wrote.

"Can't really even find the words. SMH. I honestly don't even know how to feel. You can never prepare for something like this... Ever!!! but you will be missed...

"I created this post to show my love and appreciation for your life and I would like to thank my fans + supporters, shooot your supporters and fans, for being here with us during these hard times, and the love that you all have for us.....the love for all your children was definitely felt."

Keyshia concluded by vowing to bring all of Frankie's children together "IN ONE PLACE, AT ONE TIME" to remember their mother. She wrote: "Even through our differences .... WE LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!"

Cole previously documented her mom's drug troubles on various reality TV shows, including Keyshia Cole My New Life.

Keyshia's sister, Elite Noel, announced their mom's death on Instagram.
 

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Keyshia Cole's mother Frankie Lons has passed away. Keyshia's sister, Elite Noel announced the sad news on her Instagram Story. Frankie was 61.

Elite wrote an emotional post revealing the loss of her mother, former reality TV star Frankie Lons.

"Worse pain ever... to see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so fuckin broke [sic]."

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TMZ reported Frankie died of a drug overdose on Sunday. Frankie had health problems and struggled with addictions for many years.

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Frankie won hearts as a recovering drug addict on the reality TV shows Keyshia Cole's The Way It Is, Keyshia & Daniel: Family First, Keyshia Cole: All In and The Frankie and Neffe Show, starring Neffeteria Pugh.

Frankie also appeared in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008).

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Rapper Biz Markie passed away in hospice care, his rep confirmed on Friday. he was 57.

Last month, rumors swirled that the beloved rapper had died. However his rep confirmed that Markie, real name Marcel Hall, suffered a stroke and was admitted to a hospice.

Biz Markie was best known for his beatboxing skills and his hit single "Just a Friend."

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"Just a Friend" was Markie's most successful single, reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990. The single became a Top 40 hit in several countries and ranked at No. 100 on VH1's list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time.

Markie was affectionately called the "Clown Prince of Hip Hop"

He was born in Manhattan, in the neighborhood of Harlem. He was raised on Long Island and began his DJ career in New York City nightclubs and later performed at colleges along the east coast.
 

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Odalis Santos Mena, an Instagram fitness influencer, died during a botched operation to treat excessive underarm sweating.

Odalis, 23, was a popular Instagram influencer with 149,000 followers. She traveled to Guadalajara on July 7 to undergo the "breakthrough" antiperspirant treatment called MiraDry.

The procedure was performed at the SkinPiel clinic by an unlicensed practitioner. The procedure involves using high heat energy to remove sweat glands.

Odalis teamed with the clinic to promote MiraDry. But the procedure went wrong when Odalis suffered a heart attack and died on the table.

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According to reports, Odalis suffered a reaction to the anesthesia and anabolic steroids she was taking to build muscle.

Odalis is best known for winning the 2019 Miss and Mr. Hercules title. She also won the Wellness Fitness Juvenile competition.

The medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating has no known cause. Doctors prescribe medications such as Drysol with little success.

Millions of people search the Internet daily for a cure for the frustrating condition.
 

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Friend of the blog Wendy Williams was roasted on social media after she shaded a TikTok star who was shot to death.

Swavy, real name Matima Miller, was best known for his dance videos and comedy skits on TikTok.

Wendy correctly acknowledged that no one in her studio audience had ever heard of him.

"I have no idea who this person is ... neither does one person in this building," she said.

Someone tweeted out a clip of the segment on Thursday night and Wendy's name trended for the worst possible reason (disrespecting the dead).

The clip garnered millions of views and nearly as many angry comments. Donations poured into a GoFundMe account to raise money for Swavy's funeral expenses.

Trey Smith, who tweeted the clip, wrote: "i don't know what i thought was gonna happen here but it's so far past what i thought was gonna happen here."
 

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Actress, jazz singer and composer Suzzanne Douglas has passed away. The 64-year-old actress died on Tuesday, July 6, according to her cousin Angie Tee's post on Facebook.

A cause of death has not been revealed.

"Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today. She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin," the post read.

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Angie Tee continued:

"I can remember growing up, there weren't very many black actresses who had starring roles but there was my cousin with the lead role in Tap starring alongside great dancers such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. She also performed with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Inkwell, Jason's Lyric and so much more the list goes on. The world will miss your talent but your soul will live on forever Rest in Paradise my beautiful cousin Suzzane [sic] you will be missed RIP."

As well as starring in When They See Us, Suzzanne had starring roles in WB series The Parent 'Hood and Whitney, in which she played Cissy Houston.

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Black Twitter is mourning the sudden death of journalist and influencer Ayesha K. Faines.

The former traffic anchor at News4Jax died unexpectedly on July 2nd. She was best known as a panelist on the web series The Grapevine Show.

She was also a contributor for MTV, Essence, Entertainment Tonight, Hot 97, and The Michael Baisden Show.

Her cause of death was not made public, however Facebook friends say she took the Covid-19 mRNA injections recently.

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After she was fully vaccinated in April, Faines tweeted:

"I had dinner with a friend for the first time in a year Sunday. Today I visited my opinionated octogenarian seamstress who I haven’t seen since last March. The joy! Actually getting ready to wear clothes OUT again Weary face. Things are NOT normal—but a bit closer."

Faines graduated from Yale University and was a competitive salsa dancer. She taught ballet to preteens and she was the founder of her brand Women Love Power, a digital learning company that helped women develop their sense of self separate from a man.

Black Twitter flooded her timeline with condolences.

One user wrote:

"Ayesha K Faines was a Black woman who organized complex information so anyone could understand.

"She had a great dharma as a teacher & she fulfilled her purpose. She followed her own rules & listened to her internal calling. The loss of this woman will be felt for generations."

Another person wrote:

"Never met Ayesha K. Faines a day in my life but I’ve been following her on twitter for years.

"I always loved and appreciated her wisdom on the Grapevine panels. Such a powerful, beautiful and brilliant woman. Prayers for her family & loved ones. R.I.P"

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Clarence Williams III, the American actor who played Linc Hayes in the television series The Mod Squad, has lost his battle with colon cancer.

The 81-year-old actor passed away in Los Angeles on Friday, June 4, his managers have confirmed.

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Williams starred in the ABC crime drama, alongside Peggy Lipton and Michael Cole, from September 24, 1968, to March 1, 1973.

He also played pop icon Prince's father in the 1984 musical cult film Purple Rain; as well as roles in Tales from the Hood, Half Baked, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Reindeer Games.

Williams III began his career on Broadway in the 1960s, winning a Tony Award for his role in Broadway play Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, before landing his breakout role in crime drama series The Mod Squad.

In addition to playing Prince's father in Purple Rain, He went on to play Wesley Snipes' dad in Sugar Hill, and joined Dave Chappelle in stoner comedy Half Baked.

His other credits included Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Twin Peaks, The Littlest Hobo, The Cosby Show, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, The Highwayman, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Tales from the Crypt.

Williams married actress Gloria Foster in 1967. She appeared in 2 episodes of The Mod Squad. They also starred together in a movie, The Cool World, in 1964.

They divorced in 1984 and Williams announced her death in 2001. He did not marry again and he had no children.

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Lil Durk's brother DThang was shot and killed following an argument outside a nightclub in Chicago early Saturday.

Witnesses say DThang, an aspiring rapper, argued with a man inside Club O in Harvey, Illinois, south of Chicago, just after midnight Saturday.

When DThang, real name Dontay Banks Jr., stepped outside the club to retrieve something from his car, he was shot once in the head and pronounced dead at a local hospital. He was 32.

DThang died just days after attending a private Black Tie Affair hosted by Sean Combs at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, where Durk lives.

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DThang celebrated his daughter's birthday last week. He leaves behind his wife and two minor children.

Rapper Six9ine was among those taunting Durk after his brother was killed.

On Sunday, in a post on Akademiks' Instagram page, Six9ine wrote: "[Lil Durk] tell the truth about yo Gang man they really dyin." 6ix9ine several laughing emojis in the post.

Producer Murda Beatz wrote, "R.I.P. DThang," along with emojis of a heart and hands in prayer.

Lil Durk, 28, who was born Durk Derrick Banks, is a known gang banger from Chicago. He has not reacted publicly to his brother's death.

Their father, Dontay Banks Sr., was recently released from prison. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1994 when Durk was a toddler.

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In a track off his new collabo album with rapper Lil Baby, titled The Voice of the Heroes, Durk addressed rumors that he sacrifices his friends and family to be famous.

"I get blamed for ni**as dying/ I wonder why/ They say I sacrificed to be in this position/ That's a lie."

At least 6 people close to Durk have been murdered in recent years, including his brother, DThang, his cousin, rapper McArthur "OTF Nunu" Swindle, another cousin named Iris, and rapper Dayvon "King Von" Bennett, who was gunned down outside a club in Atlanta last November.

Lil Durk, an up-and-coming rapper, has collaborated with Drake, Future Hendrix, Kevin Gates, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

His current album with Lil Baby is slated to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart this week.
 

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Dallas rapper Lil Loaded - who was best known for his 2019 viral hit "6locc 6a6y" - passed away on Monday, May 31. He was 20.

His attorney, Ashkan Mehryari, told Billboard the aspiring rapper died by suicide.

Mehryari told Dallas Morning News his client's death was "very tragic. "He had a very bright and promising music career ahead of him."

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Loaded, who was born Dashawn Maurice Robertson, wrote a suicide note on his final Instagram Stories post:

"Dear most high, Please forgive me for my shortcomings and all of the times I've fell short of making you proud and being appreciative of all the blessings that have been put in my life.

"Sometimes the lines are blurred between being solid and being heartless. I want to thank you for how far I've come and the people you've put in my life to keep me grounded through everything and I love every single one of those people that are genuinely for me. I ask for entrance into your kingdom thru all of my mistakes. I know you love all of your children and I'm ready for my heart and soul to Join you."

Lil Loaded was facing a manslaughter charge following the murder of his friend, 18-year-old Khalil Walker.

He was initially arrested on suspicion of murder last year, but was indicted in February.

Following the viral hit, Loaded signed with Epic Records. "6locc 6a6y" was awarded a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America just last week.

Loaded posted about his achievement on Instagram four days ago, insisting he had the "dopest fanbase on earth".

He wrote: "6LOCC 6A6Y Certified Gold. Who runnin dis s**t like me. young N***a S**t dopest fanbase on earth."

Stanley Gabart, whose production company worked with Epic Records, said: "This kid was on a great path. He was struggling with some things we wish we would've known about, wish we could've intervened."