We are almost at the mid-year mark and 2015 has been filled with great moments in music. From the arrival of Tank’s new baby boy to the Grammy Awards, Kendrick’s sophomore album release to Jay Z’s TIDAL streaming service debut, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill's frequent social media PDA to new singers like Kehlani delivering a breath of fresh air with You Should Be Here, there's been much to talk about. While their have certainly been high points this year, the hip-hop and R&B communities have also been struck by tragedies and losses.

Since 2015 began, the music world has lost more than a handful of talented musicians and influencers. Some artists were victims of gun violence, others passed away due to health issues after decades of blessing us with their musical talents and a few shockingly lost their lives in freak accidents.

Even if June is right around the corner and most music heads are anticipating summer anthems, music festivals, major album releases and more, many fans can’t help but to mourn the hip-hop and R&B stars we lost this year. We all know it’s hard to say goodbye, so The Boombox remembers these artists. Check out the gallery above dedicated to the fallen music stars of 2015.