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R&B legend Ronnie Wilson, a founding member of R&B/funk group The Gap Band, died of natural causes at his Tulsa, OK home on Tuesday, Nov. 2. He was 73.

Ronnie's wife, Linda Boulware-Wilson, tells TMZ that he died peacefully at 10:01 a.m., with Linda holding his hand as he took his last breath.

Linda says Ronnie suffered a stroke last week, and was in a semi-coma. Ronnie was in ill health after reportedly suffering several strokes over the years.

In a Facebook post, Linda remembered her late husband as a "genius with creating, producing and playing the flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards and singing music."

Ronnie is the older brother of former Gap Band lead singer Charlie Wilson.

The Gap Band consisted of three brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson. The band was named after streets (Greenwood, Archer, and Pine) in remembrance of the Tulsa race massacre.

The Gap Band is best known for their 1980s R&B/funk hits "Oops Up Side Your Head", "Burn Rubber on Me", "Humpin'", "Yearning for Your Love" and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me."

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The Gap Band members retired in 2010 after 43 years together. Charlie (pictured) is the last surviving brother.


Rapper Snoop Dogg is mourning the loss of his beloved mother, Beverly Tate, who died Sunday of an undisclosed illness.

Snoop, real name Calvin Broadus Jr., paid tribute to his mother on social media on Sunday, Oct. 24.

"Thank u god for giving me an angel for a mother," he wrote in the caption of a photo of himself with his mom.

TMZ reports that Snoop's father Vernell Varnado has also confirmed the sad news.

In May, Snoop asked for prayers for his mother, who he said was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.

In another post in May, he wrote: "Mama thank u for having me could of gave me up but u raised a family."

Snoop credited his mother for his apology to Gayle King after he dissed her over questions she asked about the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

In a video on social media, Snoop said, "Respect the family and back off, bitch, before we come get you."

"She didn't say I was wrong," Snoop said of his mother. "She just said, 'You know I raised you better than that. You're a representation of us. Every woman that ever crossed your life, you're a representation of that' – so I got it," Snoop recalled during his appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk."


On Wednesday, Snoop celebrated his birthday at a star-studded "Pimps & Ho*s" bash in Hollywood, California.

He smiled from ear-to-ear as he sat in his birthday gift, a '55 Impala vintage automobile. He gave no indication that his mother was on her death bed.

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Antoine Dodson, best known for going viral in 2010 after he declared "Hide yo kids, hide yo wife" in a news interview -- is mourning the death of his mother.

Antoine tells TMZ that his mom, Jennifer, died Sunday at a hospital in Decatur, Alabama. Antoine said her death came as a shock because he thought she was doing better after recent health issues.

Antoine says his mom began having problems with her leg around the time he became Internet famous. Her leg was amputated a few months ago. An infection set in and she was transferred to the ICU, but Antoine says she was getting better, according to TMZ.

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Sadly, Jennifer took a turn for the worse and Antoine got the call on Sept. 12 that his mom had passed. He tells TMZ doctors believe she died of heart failure.

Antoine, 35, is asking for donations to cover his mother's funeral expenses. He says because of the pandemic, he's strapped for cash and really needs help.

Antoine created a GoFundMe account to raise cash. As of Friday morning, over $6,000 was raised of his $9,000 goal.

He wrote in the summary:

"I'm not in a financial position to put my mom to rest and so I'm asking for your help, even if you can't I appreciate all the love and support coming, God bless us all!! Thank you."

Antoine renounced his homosexuality in 2013 and disappeared from the limelight.

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The first man in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 mRNA vaccine has passed away at age 81. Bill Shakespeare received the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 injection at University Hospital in Coventry, England on December 8, 2020.

No cause of death was disclosed. However, reports stated that he died of an "unrelated illness."

He was only the second person to receive the experimental mRNA vaccine, after 91-year-old Margaret Keenan received the shot at the same hospital.

Britain hailed Shakespeare's shot as a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as it launched the biggest vaccination program in the country's history.

Coventry councilor Jayne Innes confirmed Mr. Shakespeare's death in a Facebook post on Tuesday. She said the "best tribute to Bill is to have the jab... Bill will be remembered for many things, including a taste for mischief."

West Midlands Labour group tweeted: "Bill made global headlines as the first man to have Covid vaccine... Our thoughts are with Joy and Bill's family and friends."

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Mystery surrounds a Green Bay music teacher who died from "natural causes" at age 40, according to her obituary.

Sara Holub, a high school choir director, competed twice on "Jeopardy!" and she was named 2021 Teacher of Distinction.

She won $10,000 for making it to Jeopardy!'s semifinals, as well as a $2,500 grant for her classroom. She used the grant money to buy microphones for her students.

According to her obituary, Holub died from "natural causes." No other information was given -- such as a preexisting medical condition or a terminal illness.

The term "natural causes" usually denotes a patient who is expected to die. Someone who dies from natural causes does not require an autopsy.

However, friends say Holub was in good health before she died.

Holub's obituary does not mention that she received a dose of experimental mRNA injection four days before she died.

News articles that reported her death also do not mention that she received an mRNA injection just days before she passed.

Facebook removed a post that featured a photo showing Holub holding an "I was vaccinated" sticker on March 22.

She seemed relieved to receive the injection. Holub captioned the photo: "It's been a ridiculous year, but better days are coming!"

The post shows she received the injection at Prevea Health in Wisconsin. It isn't clear if she received the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson injections.

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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..."

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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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Johnny Nash, the pop and reggae legend whose cataracts inspired the smash 1970s hit song "I Can See Clearly Now", has passed away.

Nash died from natural causes at his Houston home, his son announced on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Born John Lester Nash Jr. in Houston, Texas, Nash grew up singing in church and by age 13 had his own show on a Houston television station.

Nash rose to local prominence with his first single "A Teenager Sings the Blues." Nash met and collaborated with peers Paul Anka and George Hamilton IV on "The Teen Commandments (of Love)."

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Nash was also an actor whose movie roles included 1959's "Take a Giant Step" (co-starring Ruby Dee) in which he starred as a Black high school student rebelling against how the Civil War is taught in the classroom.

Nash's acting career faded in the early 1960s, but he renewed his interest in music. Nash reportedly wrote his signature hit song "I Can See Clearly Now" after undergoing surgery for cataracts.

While the Grammy's snubbed "I Can See Clearly Now," the soon-to-be classic song was covered by artists ranging from Ray Charles and Donny Osmond to Soul Asylum and Jimmy Cliff.

Nash's newfound appreciation for Jamaica's reggae music genre led him to the Caribbean island where he was among the first non-Jamaican artists to record reggae music in Kingston.

While in Kingston, Nash met a young reggae singer-songwriter named Bob Marley through an introduction by fellow Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston.

Nash, who was the bigger star at the time, took Marley to London and convinced his manager and business partner Danny Sims to sign Bob Marley and the Wailers to their independent label JAD Records.

Nash recorded an early cover of Marley's song "Stir It Up," and the two singers also collaborated on the ballad "You Poured Sugar On Me," which appeared on Nash's I Can See Clearly Now album.

In the 1980s, Nash dropped out of the music industry, telling Jamaica's The Gleaner newspaper that it was "difficult to develop major music projects" without touring and promoting and that he preferred to be with his family.

Nash is survived by his son Johnny Nash Jr., daughter, Monica, and wife, Carli Nash.

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Josiel "Josie" Harris, Floyd Mayweather Jr's ex-girlfriend and mother to 3 of his children, was found dead in her car, TMZ reported.

The 40 year old was found dead inside her car at her home in Valencia, California on Tuesday night. She was mother to Jirah Mayweather, King Koraun and Zion Mayweather.

Mayweather, 43, has 4 children by two women.

Police were called to the home around 9:30 p.m. and found Harris unresponsive in her car. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say there was no sign of foul play -- an indication that she died from natural causes or a drug overdose.

Harris had a chaotic relationship with the boxing champ. She filed a domestic violence report against Mayweather in 2010 and he later served 2 months in prison.

In an interview with Katie Couric, Mayweather admitted "restraining a woman that was on drugs... Yes, I did. So if they say that's domestic violence, then, you know what? I'm guilty. I'm guilty of restraining someone."

Harris was reportedly "outraged" by the interview and sued Mayweather for $20 million. The lawsuit was pending when she died.

The investigation into Harris' death is ongoing.

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Actress Ja'Net Dubois, star of the 1970s sitcom Good Times, died in her sleep on Tuesday. She was 74.

Dubois, born Jeanette Dubois, is best known for her playing neighborhood gossip Willona Woods on Good Times, the TV sitcom that was notable for being the first prime-time TV series with a Black, 2-parent household.

Dubois wrote and sang the theme song titled "Movin' On Up" for The Jeffersons TV sitcom, starring Isabel Sanford and Sherman Helmsley.

Television producer Norman Lear discovered Dubois in a play at the Mark Taper Forum, which led to an audition for his innovative TV series Good Times, which ran from 1974-1979.

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Dubois played adoptive mom to Janet Jackson's character, Penny, and she later appeared in Jackson's "Control" music video as her mother in 1987.

Dubois' film roles included I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). She also appeared in the television series Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, A Different World, The Wayans Brothers and Everybody Loves Raymond (as a school bus driver).

In the 1980s, Dubois founded the Ja'Net DuBois Academy of Theater Arts and Sciences for teenagers in Long Island, NY. She and Actor Danny Glover co-founded the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

DuBois had two children: Rani Dubois and Raj Kristo Gupta, who died of cancer in 1987 at age 36.

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A decorated Navy veteran who was reported missing two years ago was found deceased in his DeSoto, Texas apartment last week. Police say he had been dead in his apartment for three years.

The family of Ronald Wayne White reported him missing three years ago. But police said there was nothing they could do because Mr. White was an adult who traveled extensively.

"My son would call me at least twice a month," his mom Doris Stevens told WFAA. "He would call me from Egypt. He would call me from the Philippines. He would call me right from Dallas," she said.

One day three years ago, the calls stopped. His mom said she became suspicious when she couldn't reach him on his birthday in April of 2017.

Stevens said she never heard from her son again.

"All them days, holidays, I just suffered. Because nobody wanted to help find him," Stevens told WFAA.

Then, last week, management at the DeSoto Town Center Apartments on East Pleasant Run Road, checked apartments where the residents were not using water.

Maintenance personnel forced open the door to unit 1320 on the third floor. They found White's skeletal remains on the floor of his kitchen. He was 51 at the time of his death.

The medical examiner determined the time of death was approximately three years ago.

"When the medical examiner told me three years, my knees gave away," Stevens said. "Three years? And that's what I can't get past in my brain. I can't get past three years. My biggest question is, how in the world could my son have been dead in that apartment and nobody knows anything?"

Police said White's month-to-month lease and his other bills were paid through automatic withdrawals from his Navy retirement bank account. He had set up automatic payments because he traveled a lot.

White's apartment was relatively new construction, well-insulated and all the windows and doors were locked and sealed tight.

Approximately two years ago, a downstairs neighbor complained to management about a putrid liquid seeping through the ceiling.

Police said there was no sign of foul play in the apartment. "The way he was found, the way the apartment was arranged and so forth, there was zero indication of foul play," said Pete Schulte, a detective with the DeSoto Police Department.

White's family said he was a diabetic. Police found diabetic medication in the apartment. White was single, having divorced 20 years ago.

WFAA searched public records but were unable to find a Ronald White at the DeSoto address. Stevens said she didn’t know where White lived.

"It is sadness to see that a veteran, a decorated veteran, had to go out like this," said White's friend and fellow Navy veteran Jerry Hannon.