1. Sam Cooke (1931-1964)
Singer, songwriter and entrepreneur Sam Cooke was fatally shot by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 33. (Photo: Tumblr)
2. Marvin Gaye (1939-1984)
Singer, songwriter, musician and producer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father during a family argument. He was 44 years old. (Photo: AP)
3. Lyman Bostock, Jr. (1950-1978)
Lyman played Major League Baseball for four seasons. His career was cut short when he was fatally shot while visiting relatives in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. He was killed by a jealous husband who assumed Lyman and his wife were having an affair. Lyman had just met the woman and her sister 20 minutes earlier and he and his uncle were just giving them a ride. He was 28 years old. (Photo: Pinterest)
4. DeShaun Holton – Stage name Proof (1973-2006)
Rapper, actor and record producer Proof was shot four times and killed during an altercation at the CCC nightclub in Detroit. He was 32 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)
5. Tupac Shakur (1971-1996)
Tupac Shakur was a rapper, actor, record producer, poet, screenwriter, activist and writer. He sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He died six days later. He was 25 years old. (Photo: AP)
6. Magnolia Shorty (1982-2010)
Renetta Yemika Lowe, stage name Magnolia Shorty was a rapper in the NOLA based bounce music scene. She was one of the first females signed to Cash Money Records. She was shot and killed in a car with Jerome Hampton in a double homicide described as a drive-by shooting. She was 28. (Photo: Tumblr)
7. Scott LaRock (1962-1987)
Scott Sterling aka Scott LaRock was the original DJ for Boogie Down Productions. He met rapper KRS-ONE while working as a social worker. Scott was trying to help a friend defuse a situation. As they were leaving, bullets ripped through the side and top of the Jeep. Sterling was hit in the neck. He died in surgery as hour later. He was 25 years old.
8. Jam Master Jay (1965-2002)
Jason William Mizell, stage name Jam Master Jay was a legendary musician, rapper, producer and DJ. He was shot and killed in a Queens, New York studio and his murder remains unsolved. He was 37 years old.
9. Selena (1971-1995)
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez simply known as Selena was a Grammy award winning Singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, model, designer. She was fatally shot by Yolanda Saldivar the former president of her fan club. She was 23 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)
10. Soulja Slim (1977-2003)
James Tapp, Jr aka Soulja Slim was at his mothers for Thanksgiving when an unknown gunman shot him four times; three times in the face, and once in the chest, in the front lawn of her home. He was 26 years old.
11. Freaky Tah (1971-1999)
Raymond Rogers, stage name Freaky Tah was a member of the hip-hop group the Lost Boyz. He was fatally shot as he left a party in Queens, N.Y. He was 27 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)
12. Mac Dre (1970-2004)
Andre Louis Hicks, aka Mac Dre, was a rapper and the initial founder of Thizz Entertainment, and the now defunct Romp Productions. He was fatally shot while riding in a van by unknown assailants in a stolen black Infiniti G35. The case is still open. He was 34 years old.
13. M-Bone (1989-2011)
Montae Talbert, stage name M-Bone was a member of the band Cali Swag District. His dance moves in the video ‘Teach Me How to Dougie’ were mimicked by everyone, even Michelle Obama. He was fatally shot while sitting in a car outside a liquor store in Inglewood, CA. He was 22 years old.
14. Malcolm X (1925-1965)
Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom when three men charged the stage and shot him. According to the autopsy report, his body had 21 gunshot wounds. He was 39 years old.
15. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
The Reverend, Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. was a highly decorated civil rights leader, teacher, orator, and a national icon in the history of American progressivism. His speeches and non-violent marches helped put civil rights at the top of the liberal political agenda. He will be forever remembered as a great man. He was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. He was 39 years old.
16. Ennis Cosby (1969-1997)
Ennis, the son of Bill and Camille Cosby was a graduate student and aspiring teacher. He pulled off the I-405 in Los Angeles to change a flat tire and was shot in the head by an 18-year-old Ukrainian-born immigrant in an attempted robbery. Ennis was 27 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)
17. Camouflauge (1981-2003)
Jason Johnson, stage name Camoflauge was fatally shot while walking with his toddler son outside his studio in Savannah, GA. He was only 21 years old. (Photo: YouTube)
18. Dolla (1987-2009)
Roderick Anthony Burton II, stage name Dolla was a rapper with the group Da Razkalz Cru. After the group disbanded he worked as a model for Sean John clothing line. He signed to Akon’s label and released three singles. He flew to Los Angeles to record the rest of his debut album and was fatally shot that afternoon. He was 21 years old. (Photo: The Urban Daily)
19. Peter Tosh (1944-1987)
Winston Hubert McIntosh, stage name Peter Tosh was a Jamaican reggae musician who was a core member of the band The Wailers and who afterwards had a successful solo career as well as being a promoter of Rastafari. Tosh was shot to death during a home invasion. He was 42 years old.
20. Slim Dunkin (1987-2011)
Mario Hamilton, stage name Slim Dunkin was an up and coming rapper. He was fatally shot in the chest at an Atlanta recording studio where he was preparing to record a video. He as 24 years old. (Photo: NewsOne)
21. Roger Troutman (1951-1999)
Roger Troutman was a singer, songwriter, producer and the lead vocalist of the band Zapp. He was found shot and critically wounded outside his recording studio and died during surgery. His brother Larry was discovered a few blocks away inside a vehicle with a single gunshot wound to the head. Ballistics matched the gun used to shoot Roger. It was deemed a murder/suicide. He was 47 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)
22. Lamont Coleman aka Big L (1974-1999)
Big L was a rapper from Harlem. He was shot and killed in a drive by shooting. His manager and brother released his album a year after he passed and it was certified gold by the RIAA. He was 24 years old.
23. Lil Phat (1992-2012)
Melvin Vernell III aka Lil Phat was a rapper who was signed at the age of 15. He was fatally shot inside a parking garage while in Georgia. He was 19 years old.
24. VL Mike (1976-2008)
Michael Allen aka VL Mike was a rapper and songwriter from New Orleans. He was shot several times while exiting his vehicle. He was 32 years old.
25. Sabotage (1973-2003)
Mauro Mateus dos Santos was a Brazilian rapper Having grown up slinging drugs in São Paulo’s rough South Zone, he became one of the biggest sensations of hip hop in Brazil. He was fatally shot by an alleged drug dealer. He was 29 years old.
26. James R. Jordan (1936-1993)
James was Michael Jordan’s dad. Mr. Jordan was returning home from a funeral and pulled into a rest stop to take a nap. Two men shot him to death while he slept, dumped his body in a swamp and stole the vehicle. He was 56 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)
27. Patrick Hawkins aka Fat Pat (1970-1998)
Fat Pat was a rapper from Houston, Texas. He was returning from a promoter’s home where he had gone to collect an appearance fee. He was fatally shot in the corridor outside the apartment. He was 27 years old.
28. The Notorious B.I.G. (1972-1997)
Christopher Wallace best known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls was a rapper and hip hop artist. Considered one of the best artists in rap music, Biggie was described by Allmusic as “the savior of East Coast hip-hop. He was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000. He was 24 years old. (Photo: PR Photos)