Prodigy, the rapper best known for his work as half of long-running New York duo Mobb Deep, died in Las Vegas, after a hospitalization due to complications from sickle-cell anemia on June 20. He was 42.
John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the original “Rocky” (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone, and also directed all three of the original “Karate Kid” films, has died on June 16. He was 81.
Roger Moore, the English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond — the most of any Bond actor — has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer, his family annouced on May 23. He was 89.
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Chuck Berry, the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who established the form and the themes of the music with his slyly funny, rhythmically propulsive ’50s hits, such as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode,” died March 18. He was 90.