10 Black Sitcom Actors Who Died Too Soon

October 17, 2016 1:48 PM
10 Black Sitcom Actors Who Died Too Soon

The world is still reeling from the loss of Tommy Ford, the beloved actor from the hit sitcom, Martin. Unfortunately, there have been too many Black actors from favorite sitcoms who are gone too soon. Here are 10 of the actors that have died too young.


1.Lamont Bentley
Lamont Bentley was Hakeem, the lovable neighbor on the 90’s sitcom Moesha. He died in a car accident at 21 in 2005. 


2. Merlin Santana 
Merlin Santana was the smooth Romeo on the 90’s sitcom The Steve Harvey Show. Santana was senselessly shot and killed at the age of 26 in 2006.


3.Yvette Wilson 
Yvette Wilson was the friendly neighborhood restaurant owner Andell on Moesha and The Parkers. She does of cervical cancer at 48 in 2012. 


4.Michelle Thomas
Michelle Thomas was a star on Family Matters as Myra Monkhouse and also appeared on The Cosby Show. She passed away from cancer in 1998 at the age of 30.


5.Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young was on the family sitcom The Famous Jett Jackson and TNT drama Rizolli and Isles. He died by suicide when he was just 29 in 2013. 


6.James Avery 
James Avery was the wise Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He died of complications from heart surgery at the age of 68 in 2014. 



7.Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman was the wisecracking Arnold on the 80s’ sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. He died of a brain hemorrhage after a fall at the age of 42 in 2010.


8.Alaina  Reed Hall 
Alaina Reed Hall was the friendly landlady Rose on the 80’s sitcom 227. She passed away from breast cancer at 63 in 2009.


9.Roxie Roker
Roxie Roker was the glamorous neighbor Helen Willis on the 70’s sitcom The Jeffersons. She died of cancer in 1995 at 66.


10.Nell Carter
Nell Carter was the sassy and smart housekeeper Nell on the 80’s sitcom Gimme a Break. She passed away from heart disease at the age of 54 in 2003. 

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