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A rapper who was booked to perform at an NBA All-Star Game event this weekend in Atlanta was killed in a drive-by shooting along I-85, police say.

Houston's Chucky Trill, best known for his rap single "Keisha," was shot in the head while driving on I-85 near Jimmy Carter Blvd around 3 a.m. Friday.

Police responding to a report of shots fired found the gunshot victim in a stopped car alongside I-85.

Trill, real name Corey Detiege, 33, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Passengers in Trill's vehicle were not injured. They could not describe the suspect or the suspect's vehicle, police tell 11Alive.

The aspiring rapper was scheduled to perform at one of the many NBA All-Star weekend events in Atlanta, his manager with Boneafide Entertainment told 11Alive.

Thousands of people have descended on Atlanta to take part in the NBA All-Star weekend festivities.

The NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena is closed to the public due to Covid, but that hasn't deterred visitors who ignored Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms's pleas to stay home.

"This pandemic has been going on for a year now. People are tired of staying in the house," NBA fan Kevin Hines told Channel 2's Michael Seiden.

Hines, who is visiting from New Jersey, said he is excited to attend this weekend's parties. "It's all on the internet. Parties everywhere. Celebrities. All the celebrities are down here."

Police agencies and Fulton County's top prosecutor have issued stern warnings to out-of-town visitors, according to the AJC.

"You decide to come here and commit crimes, we will give you a free ride and assist with accommodations at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office Jail at 901 Rice Street," the South Fulton Police Department posted on social media. "Don't come here to fight, take other people's things, or drive under the influence."

Fani Willis, Fulton County's district attorney, wrote on Facebook: "If you come to Atlanta for All-Star Weekend and commit an act of violence, please plan to stay. 901 Rice Street awaits you."

Atlanta Police Department officers will work 12-hour shifts throughout the weekend, according to Deputy Chief Michael O'Connor.

Officers will set up road blocks near NBA All-Star events and will be on the lookout for drunk drivers, street racers and anyone hosting illegal house parties.

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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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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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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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The model girlfriend of Bayern Munich soccer star Jerome Boateng was found dead in her Berlin, Germany apartment, officials say.

Police are investigating Kasia Lenhardt's death as suspicion of suicide.

A police spokesman said: "Yesterday at around 8.30 pm there was a police operation in Charlottenburg on suspicion of suicide. A lifeless person was found in the home. There are no indications of third-party involvement."
 

Kasia, who had Jerome's name tattooed on her torso, died a week after a nasty public split from the soccer superstar. The couple dated for 15 months before they broke up, according to The Sun newspaper.

Jerome parted ways with the 25-year-old model after she wrecked his car in January, resulting in the car being written off as a total loss.

Her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.

In a statement after the breakup, Jerome stated Kasia "destroyed" his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Silvera, the mother of his children.

He said it was time to "draw a line" and "apologize to everyone I've hurt" including Rebecca and their children.

"Kasia became my girlfriend by destroying the relationship with my ex-girlfriend Rebecca and my family and blackmailed me," he wrote.

But Kasia took to social media to say she dumped him because of the World Cup winner's "lies and constant infidelity".

"Now is where you draw the line. Enough," she wrote in a cryptic post on Instagram. She also referred to the pro athlete as "the devil" and promised to "speak up" and "fight back".
 

Calling Kasia's messages "manipulative", Rebecca told RTL news outlet: "Kasia destroyed my family for her own benefit. I'm not going to let her destroy Jerome too. I'm not going to let her play the victim. She's done enough damage."

The model leaves behind a son, Noah, from a previous relationship. Kasia is best known as a contestant on "Germany's Next Top Model" in 2012.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. A trained crisis worker is available 24/7.

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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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Dustin Diamond, best known for his lovable character "Screech" on the hit NBC sitcom, "Saved by the Bell" -- has died. He was 44.

A rep for Dustin tells TMZ the actor died Monday morning after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for stage 4 lung cancer.

His condition deteriorated as the cancer metastasized from his lung to another part of his body. He was admitted to hospice care, and his dad was by his side when he passed away peacefully.

Dustin was initially hospitalized in Florida in January after experiencing pain all over his body. He was eventually diagnosed with cancer.

Dustin wasn't recast for the reboot of Saved by the Bell on NBC. Back in January 2020, he told TMZ he wasn't asked to sign up for the new project. He said he didn't know why but he argued for Screech's rightful spot among the cast.

Dustin would appear in other roles, including as the groom in 98 Degrees' music video for their 1999 hit track, "I Do (Cherish You)."

He also appeared in 2 episodes of "The Wonder Years." He became infamous for directing his own sex tape in 2006 but later admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used a body double.

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Beloved actress Cicely Tyson has passed away at aged 96. Her cause of death is unknown.

Tyson's longtime manager, Larry Thompson, confirmed the sad news in a statement on Thursday, Jan. 28 - two days after the release of her memoir, Just As I Am.

The statement read: "I have managed Miss Tyson's career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing. Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree."

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The multi-Emmy winner's credits included the films The Help, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and Sounder, in which she portrayed the matriarch of a Depression-era sharecropper family.

She also starred in TV drama How to Get Away with Murder, playing the mother of Viola Davis' character, Annalise Harkness. She portrayed abolitionist and slave escape leader Harriet Tubman in the 1978 TV series A Woman Called Moses, and she tackled the role of Martin Luther King, Jr's wife, Coretta Scott King, in TV mini-series King.

Tyson also showed off her comedy skills in Tyler Perry's films Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion.

Born in Harlem, New York City in 1924, Tyson began her career as a model and landed her first acting role on the U.S. TV series Frontiers of Faith in 1951. She landed her first movie credit as Dottie in 1957's Carib Gold.

She was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and she received an Honorary Oscar in 2018.

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Atlanta-based NBA reporter Sekou Smith passed away Tuesday. He was 48. His exact cause of death wasn’t given, but Smith had tested positive for Covid-19.

Smith was a sports analyst and reporter on NBA TV and NBA.com. He worked out of the Turner Sports offices in Atlanta.

Before joining Turner, Smith was an Atlanta Hawks beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In a statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Smith "one of the most affable and dedicated reporters in the NBA."

NBA stars reacted to the news of Smith's passing on social media.

Chris Paul tweeted: "Man today just got a little heavier... my condolences to Sekou's wife, family, friends, and extended NBA family. What a kind and compassionate man we just lost."

Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade wrote: "I've never had anything but positive interactions and conversations with Sekou Smith. Our prayers go out to the Smith family. We lost a good one. Rest in Heaven."

In a tribute on NBA TV, reporter Matt Winer referred to Smith as "a journalist's journalist. Skeptical. Endearingly cranky. Always passionate about the subject matter he loved though: sports. And most importantly, a devoted husband and father. A great friend to so many of us here..."

Smith leaves behind a wife, Heather, and three children, Gabriel, Reilly and Cameron.
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