15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

TAMMI TERRELL, 24: Already a solo singer on Motown, Terrell saw her notoriety grow once she was paired with label mate Marvin Gaye. The pair created notable collaborations like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and “You’re All I Need to Get By,” that were featured on their various duet albums. It was during this time that Terrell was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Despite eight surgeries, Terrell’s health continued to deteriorate until her passing on March 16, 1970, just over a month shy of her 25th birthday.