UPDATED: 3:00 p.m. ET., Feb. 2nd, 2024
As we’ve come to understand year after year, day after day even, death is unfortunately an inevitable part of life. Still, as much of a fact as that may be, the blow of experiencing loss never gets any easier, nor does reporting on the subject in Black culture.
Carl Weathers, most known for his iconic role as Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” film franchise has passed away. No cause of death has been released but in a statement, the family states that Weathers died peacefully in his sleep.
Weathers, a star athlete in High School and college was signed by the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted in the 1970 NFL Draft. As a linebacker, he played in seven games for the Raiders and helped them get to the AFC Championship game. After a stint in the Canadian Football League, Weathers retired in 1974 and turned to acting. After playing various roles, he would get his big break: playing the role of Apollo Creed, alongside Sylvester Stallone in Rocky in 1976. He would reappear in Rocky II, Rocky III, and Rocky IV.
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1. Carl WeathersSource:Getty
Carl Weathers, who starred in the first four Rocky movies and also was in Predator, The Mandalorian, Happy Gilmore, Action Jackson and plenty of other films and TV shows, died Tuesday, February 2. He was 76.
2. Joe MadisonSource:Radio One Digital
Joe was the host of ‘The Joe Madison Show’ on WOL, WOLB and later The Power XM Channel 169. Joe hosted the first town hall in DC on the unsolved murders in the nations capitol. He was the host of a Teen Summit on stopping the violence at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).
3. Jerry Wade aka “The Ultimate Loverman”Source:n/a
Indianapolis disc jockey Jerry Wade, host of WTLC’s The Quiet Storm with The Loverman Jerry Wade for over 40 years, died at the age 61. his death was confirmed by family on Monday, January 8, 2024.
“While on the air, Jerry was ‘Mr. Loverman,’ a charismatic, deep voiced, radio disc-jockey, gracing the airwaves Sunday through Thursday with ‘sexiest show in the city.’ But off-air, Jerry made everyone else feel like they were the super star. ‘The Loverman’ was the personality, but if there he had an alter-ego it was just ‘Jerry.’ An ego-less man who loved Indianapolis and wanted to see people smile. What most listeners didn’t know, was Jerry’s giving heart. Jerry was also the Executive Director of ‘Quality of Life,’ an Adult Day Center on the east side of Indianapolis. If that wasn’t enough Jerry was also a entrepreneur, as the owner of several salons known as ‘Hot Cuts’ and of course ‘Jerry Wade Live’ his mobile DJ service. And a real life ‘Hitch’ as through his date coach services he connected and reconnected countless relationship.”
4. Reggie Wells
“On Jan. 9, the local publication revealed that Wells — who worked with Oprah Winfrey for 30 years, among other A-list stars such as Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Michelle Obama, Diahann Carroll and Halle Berry — died in Baltimore, his hometown, “after [battling] a long illness.” He was 76. Before becoming the makeup artist he was known to be, Wells graduated from Baltimore City College and Maryland Institute College of Art and became a city art teacher, according to the Banner.”
5. Josephine Wright
The The 94-year-old Hilton Head Island woman gained viral appeal in her legal battle to keep hold of her family’s ancestral land. She passed away on January 7 “surrounded by family, loved ones, and prayers” as per CNN.
More via CNN:
“Wright remained committed to protecting her property, filing multiple counterclaims, accusing the developer of harassing her and trashing her property.
‘I want to be left alone,’ Wright told CNN in July. ‘I want to live on my property like I have always in peace and quiet.’
Media mogul Tyler Perry, who had been a fierce champion of Wright in her fight against developers, said he was ‘heartbroken’ to learn of her death in a tribute on Instagram.
‘Ms. Josephine Wright, even though we spoke by phone, I was so looking forward to meeting you in person next month to hand you the keys to your new house, but God had other plans,’ Perry said.”
6. Ronald PowellSource:Getty
No cause of death has been released at his time.
7. Marlena ShawSource:Getty
Shaw, best known for her version of ‘California Soul’, passed away at her home. She was 81 years old.
8. Dexter Scott KingSource:Getty
Dexter Scott King, the youngest son and third child of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, has passed away after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 62.