Gone Too Soon: Remembering R&B Icons


Brooklyn-born, Detroit-raised singer Aaliyah, who was affectionately known as the “Princess of R&B”, died at the young age of 22. Aaliyah and eight others lost their lives when their plane crashed after the Bahamas video shoot for “Rock the Boat” in 2001.

Left Eye

The singer, rapper, and one-third of TLC passed away from injuries sustained during a car accident in Honduras. She was 30.


The music iconic passed away at his home in Minneapolis on April 21.

Emergency responders found Prince unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound. CPR was administered, but medics were unable to revive the singer. A paramedic later stated that Prince had been dead for about six hours. Prince was announced dead at 10:07 a.m., a press release stated that the singer had died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

Minnie Riperton

Best known for her hit song “Lovin’ You,” Minnie Riperton was a soul singer in the ‘70s. After being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing a mastectomy, Riperton passed away at age 31 in 1979.

Amy Winehouse

The soul-pop diva passed as a result of alcohol poisoning. She was found not breathing in her London residence and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Whitney Houston

The legendary vocal powerhouse drowned in her bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel. Heart disease and cocaine use contributed to her death.

Marvin Gaye

The legendary soul singer was shot by his father, Marvin Gay, Sr., after the singer intervened during in an argument between his parents.

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