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Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Sabah, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Sabah

    By DIAA HADID, The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career. And even while playfully mocked in her later years for clinging to youth through plastic surgeries, flings with far-younger men...

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  • Jimmy Ruffin, 75 (1939 - 2014)

     Jimmy  Ruffin

    MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death. Ruffin was the...

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  • Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, 57 (1957 - 2014)

    Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson

    BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Big Bank Hank, a member of the pioneering hip-hop group the Sugarhill Gang, has died, a funeral director has confirmed. He was 57. Aree Booker, a funeral director with Eternity Funeral Services in Englewood, New Jersey, didn't specify the cause of death, but said the rapper died Tuesday and that his funeral home would handle...

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  • Jonathan Athon (2014)

    Jonathan Athon

    RUSS BYNUM, The Associated PressSAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — The bass player for the heavy metal band Black Tusk has died after being critically injured in a weekend motorcycle crash near his Georgia home.The death Jonathan Athon, 32, of Savannah was confirmed Monday by the band's record label, Relapse Records. Black Tusk recently finished recording a follow-up to the band's 2011 album "Set The...

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  • Manitas de Plata, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Manitas de Plata

    THOMAS ADAMSON, The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, who sold nearly 100 million records worldwide and broke boundaries for Gypsy musicians, has died in southern France. He was 93. De Plata died in a Montpellier retirement home early Wednesday surrounded by his extended family, his great nephew, Ricao Bissiere, told The Associated Press on Thursday. ...

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