Former NBA Basketball player
On July 18, 2010 Wright disappeared. His body was discovered 10 days later. The case is being investigated as a homicide.
NFL wide receiver for the Denver Broncos
On September 20, 2010, McKinley was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His suicide was later confirmed.
CBS stage manager and actor best known as Mr. Baxter in Captain Kangaroo
On October 27th, 2010, Wall died in his sleep after a short illness.
Ali Ollie Woodson
Lead singer of The Temptations, songwriter
On May 30, 2010, Woodson died after battling leukemia for nearly eighteen months.
Jack “The Assassin.” Tatum
Fearsome NFL defensive player
On July 27, 2010, Tatum died following a heart attack.
Co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History, artist and writer
Burroughs died on November 21, 2010.
New Orleans rapper
On December 20, 2010, Shorty died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body reportedly the victim of a drive by shooting.
Former NBA player
Dailey died in his sleep in Las Vegas on November 8, 2010, due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease.
On January 17, 2010, Adams died of a cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.
Executive producer of HBO’s The Corner and a writer on the network’s The Wire
On March 30, 2010, Mills died of a brain aneurysm.
NFL defensive back (Miami Dolphins and New York Giants)
Williams died from an acute asthma attack just before midnight on May 25, 2010.
New Orleans blues singer
Wright died on March 23 following a series of strokes.
Former heavyweight boxer
Foster died of congestive heart failure on July 19, 2010.
Music legend hailed as the “Queen of Gospel”
Walker died on October 8 at the age of 81.
Chicago-based tenor jazz saxophonist
Anderson died on June 24 at the age of 81.
Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder (also played for several other ball clubs)
March 9, 2010, that Davis was found dead in his Burbank home at the age of 69
Former NFL fullback (Baltimore Ravens)
On July 17, 2010, Cotton died from complications resulting from Achilles tendon surgery.
Blaxploitation era actress and sex symbol
McGee died of cardiac arrest on July 9. She was 65.
Jazz musician and composer
On December 28, 2010 Taylor died of heart attack, he was 89
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Hollywood legend Lena Horne. R&B superstar Teddy Pendergrass. Beloved civil rights icon Dorothy Height. These are just a few of the famous figures we tragically lost in the past year. As 2010 comes to a close we look back on the prominent people who have passed away and pay tribute.