Actress Ruby Dee, best known for her roles in A Raisin in the Sun and Do the Right Thing, has died, her daughter Nora Davis Day confirmed to the The Associated Press. She was 91.
Renowned writer and actress Maya Angelou has died, according to CNN. She was 86.
Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., her publicist said.
Born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Angelou held several jobs, including as a manager for prostitutes, a restaurant cook and the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, before becoming a writer. Much of Angelou's later auto-biographies stemmed from tragedies she overcame as a child. At the age of seven she was raped by her mother's boyfriend who was then killed by a mob after she testified against him. At the age of 17, Angelou gave birth to her son, Clyde, and began waiting tables.
1950s crooner Jerry Vale has died, according to the The Associated Press. He was 83.
Vale died in his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, his attorney Harold J. Levy told the AP in a statement.
Malik Bendjelloul, who directed the Oscar-winning documentary Searching forSugar Man, died on Tuesday in Stockholm, The Associated Press reports. He was 36.
According to the filmmaker's brother Johar, Bendjelloul committed suicide. Johar told Swedish daily Aftonbladet that the director had struggled with depression and that learning his brother had taken his own life was the worst thing he'd ever experienced.