The 77-year-old actress had a successful Broadway and Hollywood career.
Blackwell was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, which left him unable to use his left arm and leg.
The 31-year-old’s body was mysteriously found in a river in Indiana.
Abdus-Salaam, who was also the first female Muslim judge in U.S. history, was found in the Hudson River.
They say that laughter is the best medicine and sadly, we've lost some of the greatest comedians who were always guaranteed to make us truly laugh at loud. From Bernie Mac to Charlie Murphy, here are six Black comedians we've lost and the jokes that we'll remember forever.