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Donald Byrd Dead: Legendary Jazz Musician Dies at 80

After rumors began circulating earlier this week, it has finally been confirmed that legendary jazz musician Donald Byrd has died.

According to a family member, the trumpet player and bandleader, born Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II, died Monday,Feb 4., at the ag

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Johnny ‘Boy Da’ Prince Murdered: Yet Another Chicago Rapper Gunned Down

As the violence in Chicago escalates, yet another young rapper has been shot down in the streets.

Earlier this week, 23-year-old up-and-comer Johnny 'Boy Da' Prince, born Johnny Taylor, had been planning a trip to New York, where he was me

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Rebbie Jackson, Husband Death: Nathaniel Brown Loses Cancer Battle

Michael Jackson's sister Rebbie Jackson is mourning the passing of her husband, Nathaniel Brown.

After fighting a long battle with cancer, Brown died on Sunday, Jan. 6. He leaves behind not only his wife, but three childre

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Freddy E Suicide: Rumored Ex-Girlfriend Honey Cocaine Addresses Death

22-year-old Seattle rapper Freddy E died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Saturday (Jan. 5), after posting a series of suicidal tweets, and now his rumored ex-girlfriend Honey Cocaine has addressed his death.

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DJ Megatron Killer Pleads Guilty: 22-Year-Old Murderer Cops Manslaughter Plea, Faces 21 Years

NEW YORK (AP) - A man accused of gunning down radio and TV personality DJ Megatron in New York City has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

The Daily News reports that 22-year-old William

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JayLoud Shooting: 18-Year-Old Chicago Rapper Murdered While Wearing Lil JoJo Sweatshirt

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Following Chief Keef rival Lil JoJo's death, fellow aspiring MC Joshua "JayLoud" Davis, also 18, was gunned down in his native Chicago at around 11:30PM on Christmas day.

According to reports, Davis got into an altercation after exiting a city bus in West Englewood,

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Fontella Bass Dead: ‘Rescue Me’ Singer Dies at 72

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died.

Bass died Wednesday night at a St. Louis hospice of complications from a heart attack suffered three we

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Capital STEEZ Suicide: 19-Year-Old Joey Bada$$ Associate Dead on Christmas Eve

Capital Steez, a member of up-and-coming Brooklyn rap group Pro Era, committed suicide on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24).

The 19-year-old MC, born Jamal Dewar, announced his intentions a minute before midnight on Sunday (Dec. 23,) tweet

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Amy Winehouse Inquest to Be Reopened Due to Unqualified Coroner

LONDON (AP) - The inquest into the death of soul singer Amy Winehouse was overseen by a coroner who lacked the proper qualifications and must be heard again next month, officials said Monday.

Assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway, who handled the inquest, resigned in November 2011 after her qualifications were quest

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Michael Jackson ‘Bad’ Jacket, Costumes Auctioned, Lady Gaga Buys 55 Pieces

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Costumes worn by Michael Jackson commanded hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, and Lady Gaga was among the collectors.

Gaga tweeted Sunday that she bought 55 pieces in the sale administered by Julien's Auctions and said she pl

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