Popular Black celebrities you didn’t know were dead

Etsey Atisu August 01, 2019
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Merlin Santana 

Merlin Santana was best known for his role on The Cosby Show, where he played Stanley – Rudy’s boyfriend. He was also famous for playing a teenager Romeo on The Steve Harvey Show.

Born on March 14, 1976, Santana died on Nov. 9, 2002, after he was shot in the head while sitting in the passenger seat of a friend’s car. He was 26 years old. 

A police officer involved in the case testified that Santana was killed because the shooter’s girlfriend, age 15 at the time, falsely claimed that the actor had tried to rape her.  


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