Richard Pryor

Age: 65

Grammy Award-winning actor and comedian known for his crude, brilliant, and hilarious characterizations of the dark side of the African-American experience. Pryor's success also brought substance abuse problems. In 1980, he nearly died when he set himself ablaze while free-basing cocaine. His films include Lady Sings the Blues and Stir Crazy.

Died: Los Angeles, Dec. 10, 2005

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