Award-winning actress and singer Marva Hicks has tragically passed away at the age of just 47.
The Broadway star, best known for stage performances in The Lion King and Motown, died in New York City on Saturday.
A statement on her death said the Virginia-born Hicks was loved for her “powerful, distinct and sultry” singing voice.
The talented singer and Howard graduate released her debut studio album Marva Hicks in 1991.
Her single Never Been in Love Before became a hit, charting in the top 10 that year.
Hicks also traveled the world while dueting with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
Some of her other notable Broadway credits include Caroline or Change and Lena Horne, The Lady at Her Music.
She has also acted in countless films and television programs such as Mad about You, Star Trek and LA Law.
The popular singer has also lent her talent to many charitable organizations and was a proud member of Broadway Inspirational Voices.
The late actor’s family shared a statement regarding her death with EBONY.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of our dear Marva Hicks Taha,” said her husband Awkwasi Taha and her family.
“The love she had for her husband, family, friends and the entertainment community knew no bounds.
“We were deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love. Thank you for your sympathy and prayers.”
Hicks is survived by her husband.
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