celebrity deaths

James Moody, the outsized jazz saxophonist and flutist best known for his recorded performance of ‘I’m in the Mood for Love,’ died Friday, Dec. 10 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. According to the New York Times, the 85-year-old passed away in a hospice in San Diego.

The Grammy Award winner fell ill on a flight from Los Angeles to Amsterdam, Dutch TV channel RTL reported.

Comedian Greg Giraldo died Wednesday (September 29) at age 44 from a reportedly accidental prescription-drug overdose. Giraldo had been hospitalized in New Brunswick, New Jersey, after he overdosed on prescription pills last weekend. According to TMZ, the overdose was not a suicide attempt.

One of the key figures on the Los Angeles jazz scene, Buddy Collette was a saxophonist, flautist, bandleader and educator who also worked as an advocate for the rights of African American musicians.

Varnette Honeywood, an artist whose paintings adorned the walls of the set of “The Cosby Show” and whose strikingly colorful images depicted tender moments in black family life, has died. She was 59.