Former Negro League baseball pitcher Ross “Satchel” Davis passed away on Jan. 1, 2013 at the age of 94 due to pneumonia complications. (2006 file photo from NLBPA.com)
Grammy-winning musician and composer Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, died at 93. (AP Photo/ The Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas, File)
Arena Football League player Chandler Williams died while playing flag football in Florida on Jan. 6, 2013. He was just 27 years old. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
Seattle rapper Freddy E. allegedly took his own life after he sent out a number of eerie tweets right before he was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound on Jan. 5, 2013. (File Photo)
Robert F. Chew, who played ‘Prop Joe’ on ‘The Wire,’ died at the age of 52 from apparent heart failure on Jan. 17. (File photo)
Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd died at the age of 80 on Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, file)
Actor Lou Myers, who played Mr. Gaines on ‘A Different World,’ died at the age of 76 on Feb. 19, 2013. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Cleotha Staples, whose smooth and velvety voice helped set apart the sound of the influential and best-selling gospel group The Staple Singers, died Feb. 22, 2013 at age 78. (AP Photo/Albert Ferreira, file)
Former Motown vocalists Otis ‘Damon’ Harris and Richard Street both passed away in February 2013. The two men were members of the Temptations. Harris died on Feb. 18 at the age of 62, from prostate cancer. Street died a short time later at the age of 70 on Feb. 27. [In the photo: Melvin Franklin, Dennis Edwards, Otis Williams, Damon Harris, Richard Street – performing live onstage (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)]
Singer and founding member of the Motown group the Miracles Bobby Rogers died at the age of 73 on March 3, 2013 following a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Todd McInturf)
Bobbie Smith, former lead singer of music group The Spinners, died at age 76 on March 16, 2013. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for ATI)
Chinua Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author of “Things Fall Apart” died at the age of 82 on March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
One of New York City’s first black television journalists, WNBC-TV’s Bob Teague died on March 28, 2013 at the age of 84. (NBC NY)
Richie Havens, legendary Woodstock singer and guitarist, died of a heart attack at the age of 72 on April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, file)
Chris Kelly of the ’90s rap duo Kriss Kross died of a drug overdose on May 1, 2013 at the age of 34. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jonathan Phillips)
Pro Football Hall of Famer (Class of 1980) David “Deacon” Jones died on June 3, 2013 at the age of 74. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
Famous Blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland died on June 23, 2013. He was 83. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Nikki Boertman)
Actor Jim Kelly, who played an American martial artist in ‘Enter the Dragon’ with Bruce Lee, died at age 67 on June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment)
Emile Griffith, the elegant world champion whose career was overshadowed by the fatal beating he gave Bennie Paret in a 1962 title bout that darkened all of boxing, died on July 23, 2013. He was 75. (AP Photo/NBC Universal, Robert Maxwell, File)
Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist George Duke died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. He was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott, File)
Lee Thompson Young, the actor who starred in Disney’s ‘The Famous Jett Jackson,’ died at the age of 29 from an apparent suicide on August 19, 2013. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died at the age of 70 on Sept. 18,2013. (AP Photo/File)
Jazz drummer Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton passed away on November 25 at the age of 92. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, FILE)
Ricky “Lord Infamous” Dunigan of the rap group Three 6 Mafia was found dead on Dec. 20 after suffering a heart attack in his sleep. He was 40 years old. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59.
Rapper Doe B. was killed during a shooting inside a bar in Montgomery, AL. He was 22-years-old. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
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Over the past year we have lost the lives of many individuals who impacted the world.
TheGrio put together this slideshow to commemorate the black icons who passed away in 2013.
In February we saw the passing of two Motown stars, vocalists Otis ‘Damon’ Harris and Richard Street, both members of the Temptations.
Former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela recently died on December 5, at the age of 95.
As we prepare for the new year, we take a moment to honor and remember the great accomplishments of these influential men and women.
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