Sparky Anderson, 76, Major League Hall of Famer and player; also managed the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers

Solomon Burke, 70, soul and R&B singer whose song Everybody Needs Somebody was made famous in the Blues Brothers film (1980). Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001

Bishop Arthur Brazier, 89, author and pastor emeritus of Apostolic Church of God. Brazier was responsible for helping bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Chicago to fight against discrimination and fair housing

Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, 93, founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History and civil rights activists

Phelps “Catfish” Collins, 66, guitarist who played with funk music pioneer George Clinton, and is the older brother of Clinton collaborator William “Bootsy” Collins. Catfish Collins played several recordings with the groups Parliament, Funkadelic, and Bootsy’s Rubber Band

Carl Gordon, 78, stage, television and film actor, best known for playing Andrew Emerson, father of the title character in the FOX TV series Roc

Dick Griffey, 71, R&B record producer and founder of Sound of Los Angeles Records, a.k.a. SOLAR Records. Prior to launching SOLOR, Griffey started Soul Train Records with Don Corneluis

Dorothy Height, 98, “Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement” who fought for equal rights for African Americans and all women

Lena Horne, 92, singer and actress who came to fame during the Golden Era of Hollywood in the 1930s. Her career spanned 60 years

Kim Hill-Nicks, 54, mother of Austin Weekly News columnist China Hill. Hill-Nicks graduated from May Elementary School in 1969 and from Austin High School in 1973. She has four other daughters

Benjamin Hooks, 85, an ordained Baptist minister who led the NAACP for 15 years. In 1965, he was appointed to the Tennessee Criminal Court, making him the first black judge since Reconstruction in the South

Teena Marie, 54, a.k.a. Lady T, died on Dec. 26. Born Mary Christine Brockert, Marie is a beloved R&B singer, songwriter and producer. Her career, which began with the late Rick James, spanned more than 30 years

Delores McCain, 68, reporter for Austin Weekly News for 10 years, and served as mentor and “mother” to many staff and friends

Vonetta McGee, 65, actress who starred in such films as Blacula (1972) and television shows Cagney and Lacey and L.A. Law

Walter Payton, Jr., 86, jazz bassist and musician (no relation to the football player). A New Orleans native, he worked with such artists as Aaron Neville and Harry Connick Jr. He was the father of jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton

Anthony Peaks, 45, better known as rapper Apache who came to fame in the 1990s

Teddy Pendergrass, 59, R&B and soul singer whose hits include Turn off the Lights; also former lead singer with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

Woodrow Peoples, Jr., 67, former NFL offensive lineman and two-time Pro Bowler with the San Francisco 49ers, and the 1980 NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Sonia Pottinger, 79, first female Jamaican record producer working with artists from the mid ’60s until the 1980s

Mary Magalene Pullins, 108, one of Illinois’ oldest living residents at the time of her death. She was among the 1 million black Americans who traveled north during the Great Migration. Her grandson, Richard Pegue Jr. was a legendary WVON radio host, and she was an aunt to West Side pastor Marshall Hatch

Ron Santo, 70, Chicago Cubs player and broadcaster

Albert “Little Smokey” Smothers, 71, blues guitarist and singer

Ted Sorensen, 82, lawyer, writer and former White House counsel in the Kennedy administration (1961-1964)

Wesley South, 95, former general manager of WVON radio and pioneer in black talk radio in Chicago

Edna Stewart, 72, owner of Edna’s Restaurant on the West Side of Chicago

Samuel “Red” Thomas, 41, father and husband shot on Jan. 22 near his West Side home by unknown assailants

Samuel Isiah Thomas, 19, shot on March 24, outside his grandmother’s West Side home. He was known as Big Sam to family and friends. He was shot almost two months to the day his father, Samuel “Red” Thomas was gunned down outside his West Side apartment building in the early morning of Jan. 22. Samuel Isiah’s shooter was arrested and charged with first degree murder on May 2. His father’s case remains unsolved

Lt. Col. Spann Watson, 93, Tuskegee Airman serving in World War II, flying more than 30 missions for the famed squadron

Albertina Walker, 81, “Queen of Gospel.” A South Side of Chicago native, she was a longtime member of West Point Baptist Church on South Cottage Grove

Ali-Ollie Woodson, 58, lead singer of The Temptations beginning in 1984

Rev. Dr. Claude Wyatt, 88, one of Chicago’s leading ministers, was active in the Civil Rights Movement and a founder of Operation Breadbasket, today known as Operation PUSH. He and his wife, Dr. Addie Wyatt, were founders of Vernon Park Church of God

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