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George Michael's First Solo Tour Source:Getty

George Michael of the iconic 80s band ‘Wham!’ passed away on Christmas Day. He was 53.

2. Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones In Concert - February 10, 2014. Source:Getty

Sharon Jones, the lead singer of the Dap-Kings died November 18th at the age of 60 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

3. Vanity

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Prince protege Vanity, the lead singer of the 80s girl group, died at the age of 57 after battling kidney failure.

4. Tommy Ford

R Kelly Performs At American Airlines Arena Source:Getty

Tommy Ford played Martin Lawrence’s best friend in the comedy classic ‘Martin.’ The star died at the age of 52 after suffering from a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen.

5. Shawty Lo

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Rapper Shawty Lo made some of the hottest club hits from the ATL rap scene. He died at the age of 46 on September 21st after a car crash.

6. Florence Henderson

Annual Brent Shapiro Foundation For Alcohol And Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular - Arrivals Source:Getty

Florence Henderson played America’s mom on ‘The Brady Bunch.’ She died at the age of 82 on November 24 of congestive heart failure.

7. Gene Wilder

Willy Wonka Source:Getty

Gene Wilder made our favorite children’s movie ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factor’ come to life. The actor died at the age of 83 on August 29 from complications with Alzheimer’s disease.

8. Muhammad Ali


“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” One of many famous Ali quotes. The legendary boxer and activist passed at the age of 74 June 3 from septic shock due to natural causes.

9. Malik ‘Phife Dawg” Taylor

2013 H2O Music Festival - Los Angeles, CA Source:Getty

Malik Taylor was known as ‘Phife Dawg’ to his devoted Tribe Called Quest fans. The lyrics died on March 22 due to diabetes at the age of 45.

10. Tony Burton

Premiere Of MGM's 'Rocky Balboa' - After Party Source:Getty

Tony Burton was Creed’s right hand hand in the iconic ‘Rocky’ franchise. The actor passed at the age of 78 on February 25th after complications with pneumonia.

11. Maurice White

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The legendary Earth, Wind & Fire musician died at the age of 74 on February 4th after suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

12. Gwen Ifill

2012 Summer TCA Tour - Day 2 Source:Getty

The loved PBS news anchor died November 14th after a battle with endometrial cancer at the age of 61.

13. Prince

FOX's 'New Girl' - Season Three Source:Getty

The eccentric superstar died on April 21st at the age of 57. He was found dead in the elevator at his Paisley Park, Minnesota estate.

14. David Bowie

2005 CFDA Fashion Awards - Outside arrivals Source:Getty

The iconic rockstar died on January 10th at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

15. Alan Thicke

Summer TCA Portrait Session 2014 Source:Getty

The ‘Growing Pains’ star died of a heart attack of December 12th. He was 69.

For 2024’s iteration of MadameNoire and HelloBeautiful’s annual series Women to Know, we knew we wanted to celebrate the people who help make the joys of film and television possible. To create art is to create magic. This year, we spotlight Hollywood Executive’s changing the face of cinema.