Articles: In Memoriam 2002




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In 2002 we said "good-bye" to many of our favorite stars. Their life affirming talents made us laugh, cry, dance and, at times, even evaluate our lives.

These entertainers, with their singular gifts and contributions to the human experience, will never pass this way again.

Lisa Lopes, 32, singer/actress (TLC)

Teresa Graves, 53, actress (Laugh In/Get Christy Love)

LaWanda Page, 81, actress (Aunt Esther in Sanford and Son)

Jam Master Jay, 37, rapper (Run DMC)

Matt Robinson, 65, television writer/original Gordon on PBS Muppets show

Claude Brown, 64, writer (Manchild In The Promise Land)

James Buster Brown, 88, tap dancer

Dorothy Love-Coates, 74, gospel-singer/songwriter

Billy Guy, 66, singer, (Coasters)

The Coasters in 1956.
Standing from left:
Carl Gardner, Bobby Nunn and Billy Guy; in front, Leon Hughes.

Johnny Griffith, 66, keyboardest (Funk Brothers)

Alton McDonald, 38, (production manager Death Row Records)
(no photo available)

Doreen Waddell, 36, pop singer (Soul II Soul)


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