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Gone Too Soon: 10 Iconic Black Stars Who Passed Away Before the Age of 30

Black celebrities who died before 30

Tupac Shakur

In 1996, Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting at the age of 25. Many people still remember Shakur as one of the greatest rappers and one of hip-hop’s most important pioneers. In addition to being an iconic rapper, Shakur was also a prominent activist and was known to speak out on topics that many other hip-hop stars of the time remained tight-lipped about.
Notorious BIG

The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G., whose real name is Chris Wallace, was fatally shot in 1997 while he was in California to promote an upcoming album. He was a serious force to reckon with in the rap world and continues to influence many hip-hop stars today.

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