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David Dinkins, who made history as New York City's first Black mayor, died of natural causes at his home on Monday. He was 93.
Dinkins' death comes just weeks after his wife, Joyce, passed away in October at age 89.
Dinkins' only one term as mayor was doomed by a high murder rate, high unemployment, AIDS and crack epidemics, and a riot in Brooklyn that was sparked when a 7-year-old Black boy was run over by a car in the motorcade of an Orthodox Jewish religious leader.
In his inaugural speech, Dinkins described New York as a "gorgeous mosaic of race and religious faith, of national origin and sexual orientation, of individuals whose families arrived yesterday and generations ago, coming through Ellis Island or Kennedy Airport or on buses bound for the Port Authority."
After losing a close mayoral race to Rudy Giuliani in 1993, a bitter Dinkins blamed racial prejudice: "I think it was just racism, pure and simple."
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Known for his passion for the sport of tennis, one of Dinkins' last acts in 1993 was to sign a 99-year lease with the United States Tennis Association to build a tennis complex on city land in Queens. The deal guaranteed that the U.S. Open would be based in New York City for decades.
Dinkins is survived by his son, David Jr., daughter, Donna and two grandchildren.
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Bobby Brown Jr.'s grieving girlfriend Anna Reed posted an emotional tribute after Bobby Jr. was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home.
No cause of death was revealed.
Reed wrote on her Twitter page: "The heavens gained an angel but I lost my soulmate [sic]."
In a cryptic tweet, she wrote: "Overdose is a lesson, if you ain't learn then you lethal."
It isn't clear who she was referring to.
Bobby Jr. posted on social media in the hours before he died.
"If me and my girl can't it, I'm not hitting," he tweeted on Nov. 18 at 1:20 a.m.
Bobby Jr. is the son of singer Bobby Brown and Kim Ward, his girlfriend of 11 years before he impregnated Whitney Houston with their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Bobbi Kristina died after she was found in a filled bathtub in her townhouse near Atlanta in 2015.
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Tracey Davis, daughter of Sammy Davis Jr., has died, her ex-husband Guy Garner confirmed to the Associated Press.
Garner said Tracey died in Franklin, Tennessee, on November 2, following a short illness. An official cause of death was not revealed.
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Tracey was born on July 5, 1961 to Davis and his second wife, Swedish actress May Britt Ringquist (who divorced him in 1968 after his affair with actress Lola Falana).
In her 2014 book, titled Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey With My Father, Tracey revealed that her parents' interracial marriage led to President John F. Kennedy refusing to allow Davis to perform at his Inauguration.
Davis was a registered Democrat who supported Kennedy's 1960 campaign for president. Davis died from complications of throat cancer in 1990 at age 64.
Tracey used her life experiences to pen her 1996 book Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father, in which she shared personal recollections about getting to know her dad as an adult. She said his busy career kept him on the road for much of her childhood.
Last month, MGM announced they were using the book to develop a Sammy Davis Jr. biopic, to which Tracey said in a statement: "I am thrilled to know my father’s life, both private and public, will be brought to the big screen with this team of storytellers.
"He and my mother May Britt took on the world, choosing love and compassion over hatred and bigotry, and I am a product of that decision."
Tracey is survived by her mother, her four children, her half-brother Manny and her two adopted brothers, Mark and Jeff.
Legendary recording engineer Bruce Swedien has died, his daughter, musician Roberta Swedien, confirmed on Facebook. He was 86.
"He had a long life full of love, great music, big boats and a beautiful marriage," she wrote. "We will celebrate that life. He was loved by everyone."
The five-time Grammy winner is best known for recording and mixing Michael Jackson's best-selling solo albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. He also recorded Michael's albums Dangerous, HIStory, and Invincible.
Swedien chronicled his time spent with Michael in a book, titled In the Studio with Michael Jackson (pictured top). No one spent more time with Michael at the peak of his recording career.
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Swedien began working with Michael and Quincy Jones (right) on the soundtrack to The Wiz in 1978. Swedien and Jones are pictured together onstage in 2015.
Swedien began recording professionally at age 21. Early in his career he recorded legendary artists such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Dinah Washington.
After working with Quincy and Michael on The Wiz soundtrack, Jones asked Swedien to collaborate with Michael on his debut solo album Off the Wall in 1979.
Jones remembered his friend in a tribute post on Instagram:
"There are not enough words to express how much Bruce meant to me... I'm going to miss your presence every single day "Svensk", but I will cherish every moment we shared together laughin', lovin', livin', & givin'... Rest In Peace my brother."
The Fulton County coroner's office, where autopsy's are performed in Atlanta, has denied leaking graphic photos of slain rapper King Von.
Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, 26, was shot outside a nightclub in downtown Atlanta on Nov. 6. He was taken by private vehicle to Grady Hospital where he died.
Days later, his autopsy photos were posted on social media, prompting Von's associates to blame the coroner's office for the leak.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office released a statement on its website on Nov. 10 denying allegations that they leaked (or sold) the grisly photos of the Chicago gangster-turned rapper laying on an autopsy table.
In so many words, the Fulton County ME put the blame for the leak on the funeral home that picked up the body from the coroner's office.
"On November 6, 2020, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy of D. Bennett, age 26, who died. On November 10, the Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted regarding photographs of Mr. Bennett’s body that had been released to online outlets.
"After an internal investigation, the Medical Examiner’s office is confident that those photos were taken after the time Mr. Bennett’s body was released by the Medical Examiner’s office."
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Dallas rapper Mo3 was shot in the head while driving on I-35 in Oak Cliff Wednesday morning. The rapper who was born Melvin Noble was targeted by the gunman, according to Dallas police.
Cellphone footage uploaded to Instagram shows a medic performing CPR on Noble as he lay on the highway near his car.
Urban Islandz reports Noble was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Noble, who was signed to rapper Boosie's label, told an interviewer, "I got a second chance because of music... I've basically been in every correctional facility around. Y'all never see the people that throw rocks at me, 'cause they hide their hands. You just see me beat their ass."
He leaves behind three children.
Noble's death comes days after Chicago gangster-turned rapper King Von was fatally shot during a fist fight outside a hookah lounge in Atlanta.
Tip "T.I." Harris (left) has a message for Chicago gang bangers and other out-of-towners who bring death and destruction to Atlanta streets.
T.I. spoke out after Chicago gangster-turned rapper King Von (right) was gunned down outside a hookah lounge in downtown Atlanta over the weekend.
Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, 26, was shot in the side as he fought with Savannah rapper Quando Rondo, 21. Bennett was transported to Grady Hospital where he died.
Rondo's brother, Timothy Leeks, 22, was arrested and charged with Bennett's murder. He is being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.
T.I. doesn't appreciate out-of-towners spilling blood on our immaculate streets.
He captioned an Instagram post: "Handle YOUR beefs in YOUR city. Thx in advance. - King."
Bert Belasco -- star of BET's "Let's Stay Together" -- has died. He was 38.
Bert's father, Bert Sr., tells TMZ his son's body was found Sunday inside a hotel room in Richmond, VA -- where he was about to start filming a new movie.
Bert Sr. says Bert was required to quarantine at the hotel before he could return to the set.
While the circumstances of his death are unclear, Bert's girlfriend was unable to contact him and asked hotel staff to check on him. TMZ reports there was blood on his bed sheets when his body was discovered. The family is awaiting autopsy results.
His father tells TMZ he believes his son suffered a fatal aneurysm.
Bert is best known for playing Charles Whitmore on Let's Stay Together for 52 episodes between 2011 and 2014.
He also appeared on several episodes of "Pitch," "I'm Dying Up Here," and roles in series such as "American Princess," "Superstore," "The Mick," "The Soul Man," "NCIS," "Key and Peele," and others.
Chicago rapper King Von was reportedly killed during a shootout in Atlanta. He was 26.
King Von, real name Dayvon Daquan Bennett, was shot early Friday morning outside the Monaco Hookah Lounge on Trinity Avenue around 3 a.m., AJC.com reports.
11Alive's Jerry Carnes said an argument inside the club lead to gunfire between two groups.
Two men were killed at the scene and Bennett and one other man were wounded in the shootout and transported to a hospital. Bennett was later pronounced dead.
Two off-duty Atlanta Police officers who were moonlighting as club security were involved in the shooting. No police were injured.
In May 2014, Bennett, who was affiliated with a Chicago street gang, was charged with murder for fatally shooting a man and wounding two others during a birthday party in the Englewood neighborhood.
Bennett served prison time and was released on good behavior.
Bennett is also linked to the murders of Chicago gang bangers Gakirah Barnes in 2014 and Joseph "JoJo" Coleman in 2012.
Brunei's Prince Azim has died at age 38, the country’s government confirmed on Sunday. Azim died in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan on Saturday morning following "prolonged treatment for a serious illness".
No cause of death was disclosed, but numerous outlets report he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Consistent with Islamic custom, his funeral was held on Saturday, the same day as his death, and the nation is in a seven-day period of mourning.
The prince is the second son of the Sultan of Brunei who fathered 11 children (only three were Azim's full siblings). The sultan was once the world's richest man.
In addition to being fourth in line to the Brunei throne, Prince Azim was a Hollywood movie producer who mingled with the West's biggest stars including Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Scarlett Johansson.
Prince Azim is best known for paying Michael Jackson $10 million to attend his extravagant 25th birthday party in England. The king of pop didn't have to sing a note to claim his huge paycheck. He was paid to mingle with Prince Azim's guests.
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Janet Jackson (pictured with Azim and actress Faye Dunaway in 2009) mourned the prince in a post on her Instagram stories, implying that Azim would be in "no more pain".