American music stars died in Murder

Here are 47 famous musicians from United States of America died in Murder:

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson (May 8, 1911 Hazlehurst-August 16, 1938 Greenwood) a.k.a. Johnson, Robert or Robert Leroy Johnson was an American singer, musician, songwriter and guitarist.

His albums: I Believe I'll Dust My Broom / Dead Shrimp Blues, 32-20 Blues / Last Fair Deal Gone Down, Come on in My Kitchen / They're Red Hot, Kind Hearted Woman / Terraplane Blues, Cross Road Blues / Rambling on My Mind, Walking Blues / Sweet Home Chicago, From Four Till Late / Hellhound on My Trail, Little Queen of Spades / Me and the Devil Blues, Malted Milk / Milcow's Calf Blues and Stones in My Passway / I'm a Steady Rolling Man. Genres: Blues, Delta blues, Country blues and Rock music.

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Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 Clarksdale-December 11, 1964 Hacienda Motel) also known as Sam Cook or Samuel Cook was an American singer, entrepreneur and singer-songwriter. He had one child, Linda Womack.

His albums include At the Copa, The Man Who Invented Soul, Sam Cooke 20 Great Hits, 20 Greatest Hits, All Hits, Greatest, Hits!, Keep Movin' On, Portrait of a Legend 1951–1964 and Sam Cooke with The Soul Stirrers. Genres related to him: Gospel music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Pop music and Jazz.

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Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius (December 1, 1951 Norristown-September 21, 1987 Fort Lauderdale) also known as Jaco Pastorious, Pastorius, Jaco, John Francis Pastorius III or John Francis Anthony Pastorius III was an American musician, songwriter, record producer, professor, teacher, bassist and composer.

His albums include Jaco Pastorius, The Birthday Concert, Invitation, Broadway Blues, Curtain Call, Golden Roads, Heavy'n Jazz, Holiday for Pans, Honestly Live - Solo and Jaco Pastorius. Genres: Jazz, Kozmigroov, Funk, Jazz fusion, Jazz-funk, Big Band and Folk jazz.

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Sal Mineo

Sal Mineo (January 10, 1939 The Bronx-February 12, 1976 West Hollywood) also known as Salvatore Mineo, Jr., Jr, The Switchblade Kid, Salvatore Mineo, Jr. or Salvatore "Sal" Mineo, Jr. was an American actor.

His albums: The Complete Epic Recordings.

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Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell (August 20, 1966 Arlington-December 8, 2004 Columbus) a.k.a. Diamond Darrell, Dimebag from Pantera, Pantera - Dimebag, Lance Abbott or Darrell Abbott was an American musician, songwriter and guitarist.

Genres he performed include Heavy metal, Groove metal, Thrash metal, Hard rock, Glam metal and Southern rock.

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Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan (July 10, 1938 Philadelphia-February 19, 1972 New York City) also known as Morgan, Lee was an American trumpeter and composer.

His albums include The Rumproller, !Caramba!, Lee-Way, The Best of Lee Morgan: The Blue Note Years, The Best of Lee Morgan, The Sidewinder, Tom Cat, Jazz Profile, The Finest in Jazz and Delightfulee. Genres: Bebop, Hard bop and Jazz.

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Felix Pappalardi

Felix Pappalardi (December 30, 1939 The Bronx-April 17, 1983 Manhattan) also known as Pappalardi, Felix was an American record producer, songwriter and singer.

Genres related to him: Rock music, Hard rock and Blues rock.

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Marc Blitzstein

Marc Blitzstein (March 2, 1905 Philadelphia-January 22, 1964 Fort-de-France) also known as Mark Blitzstein, Blitzstein, Marc or Marcus Samuel Blitzstein was an American composer.

His albums include Juno (original Broadway cast), No for an Answer (1941 original cast), The Cradle Will Rock (1994 Blank Theatre Company, Los Angeles cast), Regina (2/2), Regina (1/2), The Cradle Will Rock (Original 1985 Cast Recording), The Complete Works for Solo Piano, The Cradle Will Rock (disc 2, Side 3), Musical Theatre Premières and The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper). Genres he performed: Opera, Ballet and 20th-century classical music.

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Mia Zapata

Mia Zapata (August 25, 1965 Louisville-July 7, 1993 Seattle) also known as Zapata, Mia was an American singer.

Her related genres: Punk rock, Blues, Punk blues, Hardcore punk and Grunge.

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Jaki Byard

Jaki Byard (June 15, 1922 Worcester-February 11, 1999 Boston) a.k.a. Byard, Jaki was an American jazz pianist and composer.

His albums include Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume Seventeen, Hi-Fly, Here's Jaki, Out Front!, Sunshine of My Soul, The Jaki Byard Experience, Solo Piano / Jaki Byard With Strings, Phantasies, To Them – To Us and Phantasies II. Genres he performed: Jazz.

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Al Jackson, Jr.

Al Jackson, Jr. (November 27, 1935 Memphis-October 1, 1975 Memphis) otherwise known as Jackson, Al, Jr. was an American drummer and musician.

Genres he performed include Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk and Memphis soul.

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Terry Knight

Terry Knight (April 9, 1943 Lapeer-November 1, 2004 Temple) was an American record producer, songwriter, radio personality, singer, talent manager and promoter.

His related genres: Rock music and Pop music.

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John Whitehead

John Whitehead (July 10, 1948 Philadelphia-May 11, 2004 Philadelphia) also known as Whitehead, John was an American record producer, songwriter, musician and singer.

Genres he performed: Disco, Rhythm and blues and Philadelphia soul.

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Johnny Jackson

Johnny Jackson (March 3, 1951 Gary-March 1, 2006) was an American musician.

Genres he performed: Rhythm and blues, Dance music, Rock music and Pop music.

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David "Stringbean" Akeman

David "Stringbean" Akeman (June 17, 1916 Annville-November 10, 1973 Ridgetop) a.k.a. Stringbean was an American artist and musician.

Discography: Front Porch Funnies. Genres he performed include Country.

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Jackie Neal

Jackie Neal (July 7, 1967 United States of America-March 10, 2005) a.k.a. Neal, Jackie was an American singer.

Her albums: Down in da Club.

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Mac Dre

Mac Dre (July 5, 1970 Oakland-November 1, 2004 Kansas City) otherwise known as Mac Drizzle, Mac Dreezy, Mac Drevious, Thizzelle Washington, Mr. Furly, Thizz King, Pill Clinton, Ronald Dregan, The Make it Happen Cap'n, Andre McEnroe, Andre Maccassi, The Thizzard of Oz, The Mac Named Dre, and Thizzy Marley was an American record producer, screenwriter and rapper.

His albums: Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game, Back n da Hood, Rapper Gone Bad, The Best of Mac Dre, Young Black Brotha, It's Not What You Say... It's How You Say It, Pill Clinton, What's Really Goin' On?, Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics and Thizzelle Washington. Genres he performed include Gangsta rap, Hyphy, West Coast hip hop, Hip hop music and G-funk.

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Blade Icewood

Blade Icewood (March 14, 1977-April 19, 2005) was an American rapper.

His related genres: Hip hop music.

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Scrapper Blackwell

Scrapper Blackwell (February 21, 1903 North Carolina-October 7, 1962 Indianapolis) also known as Blackwell, Scrapper was an American , .

His albums include Blues Before Sunrise, No Good Woman Blues / Alley Sally Blues, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 1928–1932, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 2: 1934–1958, Mr. Scrapper's Blues and Elegia: Virtuoso Guitar Music From Brasil. Genres he performed include Chicago blues and Piedmont blues.

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Peter Ivers

Peter Ivers (September 20, 1946 Illinois-March 3, 1983) also known as Ivers, Peter was an American , .

His most well known albums: Knight of the Blue Communion. Genres he performed: New Wave and Rock music.

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Bryan Harvey

Bryan Harvey (April 27, 1956 Richmond-January 1, 2006) was an American musician and guitarist.

He first gained attention as a member of the rock band House of Freaks, which he formed with drummer Johnny Hott in 1984. The band released several albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s, receiving critical acclaim for their unique blend of folk, rock, and punk influences.

After the dissolution of House of Freaks, Harvey continued to perform as a solo artist and collaborated with other musicians, including members of Cracker and Counting Crows. He also played a key role in establishing the Richmond music scene, both as a musician and as the owner of the local record store Plan 9 Music.

Tragically, Bryan Harvey and his family were killed in their Richmond home in 2006 in a shocking act of violence that shook the music community and beyond. His legacy lives on through his music and the impact he made on the Richmond music scene.

In addition to his work in music, Bryan Harvey was a dedicated family man. He was married to Kathryn Harvey, who was also killed in the tragic incident, and the couple had two young daughters, Stella and Ruby. Harvey was known for his commitment to his family and his community, and he was highly respected by his peers in the music industry. Following his untimely death, musicians and fans alike paid tribute to his contributions to the world of music, and his impact on the Richmond community was recognized by local leaders and residents. Today, his music continues to be celebrated by fans of House of Freaks and his solo work, and his memory lives on as an important part of the Richmond music scene.

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Paul C

Paul C (September 20, 1964-July 17, 1989) was an American record producer.

Genres he performed include East Coast hip hop, Pop rock and Hip hop music.

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Walter Scott

Walter Scott (February 7, 1943 St. Louis-December 27, 1983 Saint Peters) also known as Scott, Walter was an American singer.

He was the lead singer of the popular R&B group The Whispers, which he co-founded in 1963. With Scott's distinctive high tenor voice, The Whispers achieved numerous hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "And the Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady". Scott was also a prolific songwriter, contributing to many of the group's biggest hits. He continued to perform with The Whispers until his death in 1983 at the age of 40 due to complications from diabetes.

Scott, born in St. Louis, Missouri, grew up in San Francisco and formed The Whispers with his twin brother Wallace "Scotty" Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon. The group was initially called The Eden Trio before changing their name to The Whispers in 1963. In 1964, they signed with Dore Records and released their debut single, "I Was Born When You Kissed Me".

Throughout their career, The Whispers' music mixed R&B, funk, and disco to create a unique sound. They had hits on both the R&B and pop charts, including "And the Beat Goes On", which became one of their signature songs and has been sampled in many songs since its release. The group's success continued into the 1980s with hits like "It's a Love Thing" and "Just Gets Better with Time".

In addition to his work with The Whispers, Scott also had a successful solo career, releasing several albums including "Introducing Walter Scott" in 1981. He was also a dedicated philanthropist and worked to raise awareness about diabetes after being diagnosed with the disease himself in the early 1980s.

Scott passed away in 1983 at the age of 40 from complications related to diabetes. The Whispers continue to perform to this day, with members Wallace Scott, Caldwell, and Hutson's son, Leaveil, carrying on the group's legacy.

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Big Hawk

Big Hawk (November 15, 1969 Houston-May 1, 2006) a.k.a. H.A.W.K. was an American rapper.

His most well known albums: Under Hawk's Wings, Endangered Species, Wreckin' 2004, Since The Gray Tapes Vol. 3, Still Wreckin', Hawk and Since The Grey Tapes, Vol. 4. Genres: Southern hip hop, Rhythm and blues and Chopped and screwed.

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Stretch (April 8, 1968 Queens-November 29, 1995 Queens Village) also known as Randy Walker was an American actor, rapper and music producer.

He was a member of the hip-hop group Live Squad and recorded several albums with the group. Stretch was also known for his collaborations with Tupac Shakur and appeared on several of his albums, including "Me Against The World" and "All Eyez On Me". In addition to his music career, Stretch had also appeared in several films and television shows, including "Juice" and "Who's The Man?". Sadly, Stretch was tragically shot and killed in 1995 in his hometown of Queens Village, leaving behind a legacy as a talented and versatile artist.

Stretch was born and raised in Queens, New York City. He formed Live Squad in the late 1980s with his childhood friend, Majesty. They released their debut album, "Bring It On" in 1992. Around the same time, Stretch also began working with Tupac Shakur, producing and recording several tracks together. This collaboration led to Stretch's appearance on Tupac's critically acclaimed album, "Me Against the World".

Aside from his music career, Stretch pursued acting and made his on-screen debut in the 1992 film, "Juice". He also appeared in the comedy film, "Who's the Man?" in 1993, and had a guest role in the television series, "New York Undercover".

Stretch's life was cut short on November 29, 1995, when he was fatally shot while driving in Queens Village. His murder remains unsolved, but his contributions to rap music and acting continue to be celebrated by fans and fellow artists alike.

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Jason Mizell

Jason Mizell (January 21, 1965 Brooklyn-October 30, 2002 Jamaica) also known as Jam Master Jay, Jason Mitzell, Jam Master Funk, Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizell, Jay, Jamaster J, Jam-Master Jay, DJ Jazzy Jase or Jason William Mizell was an American disc jockey, musician, rapper and actor.

Genres related to him: Rapcore, East Coast hip hop, Rock and roll, Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Rap rock, Garage rock and Golden age hip hop.

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King Curtis

King Curtis (February 7, 1934 Fort Worth-August 13, 1971 Manhattan) a.k.a. Curtis Ousley or Curtis, King was an American singer, bandleader, musician and record producer.

His albums: Memphis Soul Stew / Blue Nocturne, The Best of King Curtis, Instant Soul, King Curtis, Volume 1, Night Train, King Curtis Plays the Great Memphis Hits / King Size Soul, Soul Meeting, The Platinum Collection, King Size Soul and Get Ready. Genres he performed: Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Soul jazz, Jazz and Funk.

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Selena (April 16, 1971 Lake Jackson-March 31, 1995 Corpus Christi) also known as Selena - Entre A Mi Mundo, Selena Quintanilla, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, Selena Quintanilla Perez, Sel, Preciosa, Queen of Tejano, Buffy or La Reina de Tex-Mex was an American singer and actor.

Her albums: Ven Conmigo, Momentos intimos, Amor Prohibido, Exitos y Recuerdos, I Could Fall in Love, Ones, Live, The Last Concert, Entre a Mi Mundo, Selena and Selena Live!. Her related genres: Tejano music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Latin American music, Ranchera, Mexican cumbia, Latin pop, Contemporary R&B and Mariachi.

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Charizma (July 6, 1973-December 16, 1993) was an American rapper.

His albums: Big Shots Bonus EP and M-Town EP. Genres related to him: West Coast hip hop and Hip hop music.

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Proof (October 2, 1973 Detroit-April 11, 2006 Detroit) a.k.a. DeShaun Dupree Holton, DeShaun Holton, Dirty Harry, Derty Harry, Big Proof, DJ Seven Deuce, Oil Can Harry or Doody was an American songwriter, actor, rapper and record producer. His children are Nyeem Holton, DeShaun Dupree Holton, Kativa Holton, Elijah Holton and Nasaan Holton.

Discography: Searching for Jerry Garcia, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop, Grown Man Shit and Time A Tell. Genres he performed include Hip hop music and Midwest hip hop.

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Scott Sterling

Scott Sterling (March 2, 1962 Queens-August 27, 1987) otherwise known as Scott La Rock, DJ Scott La Rock or Scott Monroe Sterling was an American musician, disc jockey and record producer.

His related genres: Hip hop music.

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Chris Bender

Chris Bender (August 2, 1972 Brockton-November 3, 1991 Brockton) otherwise known as Christopher Lamont Bender was an American singer.

Discography: Draped. Genres he performed: Rhythm and blues and Contemporary R&B.

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Rhett Forrester

Rhett Forrester (September 22, 1956 United States of America-January 22, 1994) also known as Forrester, Rhett was an American singer.

Genres related to him: Hard rock and Heavy metal.

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Soulja Slim

Soulja Slim (September 9, 1977 New Orleans-November 26, 2003 Gentilly, New Orleans) also known as Magnolia Slim was an American songwriter and rapper.

His discography includes: The Streets Made Me, Years Later, Years Later... A Few Months After, Give It 2 'Em Raw and Greatest Hitz. Genres: Southern hip hop, Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop and Gangsta rap.

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Yolanda ''La La'' Brown

Yolanda ''La La'' Brown (May 20, 1986 Milwaukee-February 11, 2015 Milwaukee) also known as LaLa Brown was an American singer.

Genres she performed: Rhythm and blues.

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Camoflauge (December 9, 1981-May 19, 2003) was an American rapper.

His albums: I Represent, Keepin It Real and Strictly 4 da Streets: Drugs Sex and Violence, Vol. 1. Genres he performed include Hip hop music.

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Fat Pat

Fat Pat (December 4, 1970 Houston-February 3, 1998 Houston) also known as Patrick Lamark Hawkins was an American rapper.

His albums include Throwed in da Game, Fat Pat's Greatest Hits, Bright Lights, Big City, I Had a Ghetto Dream, Since The Gray Tapes Vol. 2, Ghetto Dreams and Since The Gray Tapes. Genres: Southern hip hop and Hip hop music.

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Half-A-Mil (January 25, 1973 Brooklyn-October 24, 2003 Brooklyn) also known as Half-A-Mill was an American musician and rapper.

His albums: Da Hustle Don't Stop, Half-A-Mill Demo Tape and Milíon. His related genres: East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap and Hip hop music.

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Freaky Tah

Freaky Tah (May 14, 1972 Jamaica-March 28, 1999 Queens) was an American musician and rapper.

Genres: Hip hop music and Rap music.

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Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman (November 29, 1951 Hamilton-April 25, 1999 Dayton) also known as Roger or Roger Troutman was an American record producer, songwriter, musician and singer. He had eleven children, Roger Lynch, Larry Gates, Lester Gates, Brent Lynch, Ryan Stevens, Taji J. Troutman, Daun Shazier, Hope Shazier, Summer Gates, Mia Paris Collins and Gene Nicole Anderson.

Discography: The Saga Continues..., Bridging the Gap, The Many Facets of Roger, Unlimited!, The Compilation: Greatest Hits II and More, The Zapp & Roger Anthology: We Can Make You Dance, All the Greatest Hits, California Love and L'African Fiesta, Volume 1 (1962-1963). Genres he performed: Blues, Rhythm and blues, G-funk, Hip hop music, Funk, West Coast hip hop and Electro.

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Arthur "T-Boy" Ross

Arthur "T-Boy" Ross (February 28, 1949 Detroit-April 22, 1996) also known as Ross, Arthur was an American songwriter and singer.

Discography: Changes.

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Louis A. McCall, Sr.

Louis A. McCall, Sr. (December 28, 1951 Alameda-June 25, 1997 Stone Mountain) also known as Louis A. McCall or Louis A. McCall Sr. was an American , .

Genres related to him: Rhythm and blues, Funk and Soul music.

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Yaki Kadafi

Yaki Kadafi (October 9, 1977 Irvington-November 10, 1996 East Orange) a.k.a. Yafeu Fula, Yafeu Akiyele Fula or Yak was an American rapper.

His albums include Son Rize Vol. 1, All About U and Who Do U Believe In. Genres: Gangsta rap, Hip hop music and Hip Hop.

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DJ Uncle Al

DJ Uncle Al (August 14, 1969 Miami-September 10, 2001) was an American musician.

Discography: Liberty City, What's My Name and Off the Chain. Genres he performed include Southern hip hop, Miami bass and Hip hop music.

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Jimmy "Orion" Ellis

Jimmy "Orion" Ellis (February 26, 1945 Pascagoula-December 12, 1998 Selma) also known as Orion, Orion (Jimmy Ellis), Ellis, Jimmy or Jimmy Ellis was an American songwriter and singer.

His albums include Rockabilly & Sunrise, Orion: Some Think He Might Be King Elvis, The Best of Orion: The Man Who Would Be King and Duets: Jerry Lee Lewis and Friends. Genres he performed include Country, Rock music, Gospel music and Rockabilly.

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Scott Williams

Scott Williams was an American , .

basketball player who played as a power forward and center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 15 seasons. He was born on March 21, 1968, in Hacienda Heights, California, and attended the University of North Carolina. Williams was part of the Tar Heels team that won the 1987 NCAA championship. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1990 NBA draft, and he played for several teams in his career, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Cleveland Cavaliers. After retiring from basketball in 2005, Williams became a television analyst and commentator for various networks, including ESPN and the Milwaukee Bucks.

During his career, Scott Williams won three NBA Championships, all with the Chicago Bulls, in 1991, 1992, and 1993, playing alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. He was known for his strong rebounding and defensive skills, as well as his physical play on the court. Williams' career statistics include 5.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in regular season, as well as 5.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in playoffs. In addition to his basketball career, Williams is a philanthropist who has worked with various non-profit organizations to help underprivileged youth. He also owns and operates several restaurants in Michigan and Wisconsin.

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Tito Torbellino

Tito Torbellino (May 24, 1981 Phoenix-May 29, 2014 Ciudad Obregón) a.k.a. Tomas Tovar Rascon or Tomas Rascon was an American singer and musician.

Discography: No Eres Tú, Ahora Soy Yo, Y Sigo Vivo, El Consentido De La Mafia and XIII.

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