Remembering The Voices We Lost In 2019

Nipsey Hussle, Juice WRLD

Remembering The Voices We Lost In 2019

Honoring Popa Wu, Juice WRLD, Nipsey Hussle and more.

Published December 16, 2019

Written by Angela Wilson

Every year, the music industry loses artists whose lives once brought us great joy, excitement and comfort. Unfortunately, 2019 is no different, as we close out the year with the truly devastating passing of 21-year-old Juice WRLD. The beloved rapper died early this month after suffering a seizure in Chicago’s Midway airport, according to TMZ.

Wu-Tang Clan affilliate and mentor Popa Wu is the culture's latest legend to pass, as the 63-year-old died yesterday morning (Monday 12/17) in his Brooklyn home. Read on as we remember the OG, as well as every other voice we lost this year.

  1. Larry Cunningham, 6/23/51 - 1/10/19
    UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  Photo of FLOATERS; Posed studio group portait L-R: Paul Micthell, Larry Cunningham, Jonathan Murray, Charles Clarke, Ralph Mitchell,  (Photo by Echoes/Redferns)
    The Floaters posed for a group portrait in a studio. From L-R: Paul Mitchell, Larry Cunningham, Jonathan Murray, Charles Clarke, and Ralph Mitchell. (Photo: Echoes/Redferns)

    Best known as a member of the R&B group The Floaters, who scored the 1977 hit “Float On,” Larry Cunningham passed away from a heart attack at age 67.

  2. James Ingram, 2/16/52 - 1/29/19
    James Ingram and Patti Austin at the Frankie Crocker Awards at The Savoy in New York City on January 21,1983.
    James Ingram and Patti Austin at the Frankie Crocker Awards at The Savoy in New York City in 1983. (Photo: Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

    The two-time Grammy Award-winner, remembered for his 1982 duet with Patti Austin, “Baby, Come to Me,” died at 66-years-old after battling brain cancer. 


  3. André Williams, 11/1/36 - 3/17/19
    Andre Williams performing at Tramps on May 30, 1998.(Photo by Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)

    The R&B musician, who started his career in the 1950s at Fortune Records in Detroit, passed away at 82-years-old. His most famous songs include the hits “Jail Bait,” “Greasy Chicken” and “Cadillac Jack.”


  4. Nipsey Hussle, 8/15/85 - 3/31/19
    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Warner Music)
    (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Warner Music)

    The West Coast legend was murdered in the parking lot of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles. Hussle, who was an active philanthropist and often gave back to his community, rose to mainstream prominence after his debut album, Victory Lap, was released last February. He was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. 


  5. Kim English, 9/6/70 - 4/2/19
    (Photo: Nervous Records)

    The soul, gospel, and house music singer, known for her dance hits “It Makes a Difference,” “C’est La Vie” and “My Destiny,” died at 48-years-old from kidney failure in Chicago.


  6. Charles “Chuck” Barksdale, 1/11/35 - 5/15/19
    UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  Photo of DELLS; 1956 - L-R Marvin Junior, Verne Allison, Chuck Barksdale, Michael McGill and Johnny Funches  (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)
    A group portrait of The Dells. From L-R: Marvin Junior, Verne Allison, Chuck Barksdale, Michael McGill and Johnny Funches. (Photo: Gilles Petard/Redferns)

    One of the founding members of ‘50s doo-wop group, The Dells, Charles “Chuck” Barksdale passed away in Chicago at age 84. The Dells scored hits including, “Oh, What a Night” and “Always Together.” Robert Townsend mourned Barksdale’s passing on Facebook, noting how the group played a significant role as technical advisors on his 1991 cult classic, The Five Heartbeats.


  7. Melvin Edmonds, 11/2/54 - 5/18/19
    <<enter caption here>> at The Greek Theatre on July 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

    Melvin Edmonds, the older brother of super-producer Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and co-founding member of the R&B group After 7, died at age 67. After 7 rose to fame in the 1990s with the hits "Ready or Not" and "Heat of the Moment.”


  8. Bushwick Bill, 12/8/66 - 6/9/19
    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 1991:  Rapper Bushwick Bill from The Geto Boys performs at the New Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in October 1991.  (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

    Best known as a member of the pioneering Texas hip-hop group Geto Boys, Bushwick Bill passed away at 52-years-old. The Kingston, Jamaica native was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 


  9. LaShawn Daniels, 12/28/77 - 9/3/19
    the ninth annual ASCAP and Motown Gospel's Morning Glory Breakfast Reception honoring the 33rd annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominees at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas on March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    (Photo: Leon Bennett/FilmMagic)

    The beloved vocal producer and arranger, known for his songwriting credits for Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Brandy and Whitney Houston, died from injuries related to a car crash in South Carolina at age 41. The New Jersey native co-wrote Destiny’s Child’s Grammy-winning track “Say My Name” and Lady Gaga’sTelephone.


  10. Jessye Norman, 9/15/45 - 9/30/19
    HALLE, GERMANY - APRIL 1: American opera singer Jessye Norman performs at the talk and game show "Wetten Dass . . . ?" April 1, 2006 in Halle, Germany.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    The renowned international opera star passed away at age 74 from multi-organ failure in New York. The Grammy Award-winner was known for her passionate soprano voice and her humanitarian endeavors. She was also awarded the National Medal of Arts at the Kennedy Center Honors. 


  11. Bad Azz, 11/27/75 - 11/11/19
    Dogg House Artists pose during the 1st Annual BET Awards June 19, 2001 at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. From left to right, Goldie, Bad Azz, Supafly, Snoop, Big Chan (Doggie's Angels), Tre D and Nate Dogg (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
    Dogg House Artists at the 1st Annual BET Awards in 2001. From L-R: Goldie, Bad Azz, Supafly, Snoop Dogg, Big Chan, Tre D and Nate Dogg. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)(Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

    Jamarr Antonio “Bad Azz” Stamps was a member of Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips, also known as DPGC. The emcee, who was close friends with Snoop Dogg, passed away at 43-years-old while in a Riverside, California detention center. 


  12. Juice WRLD, 12/2/98 - 12/8/19
    performs at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2018 at Prudential Center on October 28, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
    (Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Power 105.1)

    The hip-hop community was devastated after Juice WRLD, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, suddenly passed away upon landing at Chicago’s Midway Airport. Last year, SoundCloud named the 21-year-old the most streamed, liked, and reposted artist on its platform in 2018. He was best known for his hit singles “All Girls Are The Same" and "Lucid Dreams."

  13. Popa Wu, 1956 - 12/16/19
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 04: Poppa Wu attends the Wu-Tang: An American Saga Premiere on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images   for Hulu)
    Popa Wu at the Wu-Tang: An American Saga Premiere in New York City. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Hulu)

    While the cause of death is still unknown, it's been reported that Wu-Tang Clan advisor and father figure Popa Wu passed away yesterday morning in his Brooklyn home. An expert in Five Percent philosophy, the OG also known as Freedum Allah served as a spitirual mentor for the group. Tributes from various Wu-Tang members have poured in, including words from Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Popa Wu's younger cousin GZA.

(Photo L-R: Lars Niki/Getty Images for Hulu and Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for MTV)


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