The entertainment industry has continued to experience various losses at the start of 2023. Lola “Gangsta Boo” Mitchell, a former member of the hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, was found dead on New Year’s Day at the age of 43. Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Frederick Eugene “Freddie” White also passed away on the same day, at the age of 67. Alan Rankine, a founding member of the Scottish band The Associates, died peacefully at home on January 2, aged 64. On the same day, rally driver and YouTuber Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident.
Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing team referred to him as a visionary, a pioneer, and an icon. He died in Utah after losing control of his snowmobile while going down a slope. The sports professional was 55 when he passed away. The Wire star Lance Reddick also died in March 2023, at 60 years old. Reddick died of natural causes during the press tour for John Wick: Chapter 4.
Reddick’s co-star Keanu Reeves and the series’ director, Chad Stahelski, paid tribute to him in a joint statement, expressing their sadness and heartbreak at the loss of their friend and colleague. They highlighted his professionalism and expressed love and prayers to his family and friends.
The deaths of these celebrities have left fans mourning their losses. The Mitchell family thanked everyone for their condolences concerning the untimely death of Lola “Gangsta Boo” Mitchell, noting that the family is asking for privacy as they process the loss. Similarly, Verdine White announced the death of his brother, Frederick Eugene “Freddie” White, noting that their family is saddened by his loss, while Alan Rankine’s family thanked the community for its support and announced their intention to keep his social media accounts active.
Despite the sadness resulting from these losses, fans are cherishing the memories these celebrities left behind. People will always remember the contributions of these celebrities that entertained, motivated, and inspired individuals across the globe.