Black Artists Who Died In Their Prime

August 1, 2011  |  

With the music world still reeling over the death of British songstress Amy Winehouse, sales of her career-defining album Back to Black (released in 2006) have soared. This is usually the case for most musicians who pass unexpectedly, as fans and even past haters clamor to acquire something to remember them by for the long term. Now that all the talk of the un-lucky 27 is over, and we’re forced to think about some of our own favorite celebrities who were gone to soon, our friends over at Black Enterprise compiled a list of 15 black musicians and actors who they feel passed way too young. From Dorothy Dandridge and Aaliyah to Otis Redding, I’m sure you’ll agree with their picks, and also let us know who you would like to see added to the list. Enjoy!

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