Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2021


Napolian (nee Ian Evans) - EDM producer

Phil Naro - lead singer with Buffalo band Talas

Juan Nelson - Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals bassist

Mike Nesmith - original member and guitarist of The Monkees



Gared O'Donnell - Planes Mistaken for Stars singer and co-founder

OTF DThang (nee Dontay Banks Jr.) - Chicago rapper



Johnny Pacheco - salsa bandleader/Fania Records founder

Melvin Parker - James Brown & the Famous Flames drummer, brother of Maceo

Alvin "Secco" Patterson (nee Franciso Willie) - Bob Marley & the Wailers percussionist 

Lee "Scratch" Perry (nee Rainford Perry) - legendary reggae performer and producer

Bennie Pete -co-founder and sousaphone player with New Orleans-based Hot 8 Brass Brand

Ralph Peterson Jr. - jazz drummer

Jay Jay Phillips - America's Got Talent contestant

Florian Pilkington-Miksa - British drummer with Curved Air

Ricky Powell - hip-hop photographer known as the fourth Beastie Boy

Lloyd Price - '50s and '60s R&B singer, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998

Prince Markie Dee (nee Mark Morales) - member of New York hip-hop group, Fat Boys

James Purify - half of R&B duo James & Bobby Purify



Lars Ratz - bassist with German band Metalium

redruM 781 (nee Jermaine Carter) - L.A.-born rapper

Michael "Mikey Boo" Richards - reggae drummer

Pat Rizzo - played saxophone with Sly & the Family Stone

Roberto Roena - Puerto Rican percussionist, played with El Gran Combo and the Fania All-Stars

Barry Ryan - British pop singer


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