10 Black Celebrities You May Not Have Known Are Dead

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shirley hemphill

Shirley Hemphill

Actress Shirley Hemphill  (July 1, 1947 – Dec. 10, 1999)  was known for her role as Shirley Wilson in the ’70s television sitcom What’s Happening!! She died of kidney failure at 50 years old. It was nearly two weeks before her body was discovered in her home.

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