Marva Hicks, the famous singer and actress, passed away last Friday, as her family and friends announced. They remember her as “a vocal juggernaut.” Read on to know how did Marva Hicks die and what was the cause of her death.
Marva Hicks originally hailed from Petersburg, Virginia. However, she was recently residing in New York City where she took her last breath last week. Hicks scored a top-10 R&B hit in 1991 with “Never Been In Love Before.”
She also appeared on Broadway, on TV, and in movies. Fans have been paying tribute to the late performer.
How did Marva Hicks die?
Marva Hicks died on Friday, September 16, 2022, in New York City. Her family and friends announced the tragic news of her passing at the age of just 47 years.
Her husband, Akwasi Taha, was the first to break the unfortunate news via an emotional statement.
“The love she had for her husband, family, friends, and entertainment community knew no bounds,” the statement read. “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love. Thank you for your compassion and prayers,” the statement said.
Marva Hicks Passed Away: What was the cause of her death?
The statements coming from Marva Hicks’ family and friends didn’t reveal the specific cause of her death at a fairly young age. This has left the netizens speculating what led to her demise.
Many are claiming that she was suffering from an unannounced illness. However, nothing is certain at this moment. Her family stated that Marva Hicks passed away due to undisclosed causes.
We’ll try to get in touch with them a few days later. For now, it’s better to let them have their much-needed private space.
Marva Hicks was a 3-time Helen Hayes Award-Winning Performer
Marva Hicks was born in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1975, as per the online records. However, her friends have revealed that she graduated from Petersburg High School in 1974, and was actually in her mid-60s.
She was a three-time winner of the Helen Hayes award and a regular fixture in the theatrical community. Her Broadway credits include Motown, The Lion King, Caroline or Change, and Lena Horne, The Lady at Her Music.
She appeared last in “Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous” at Alliance Theatre in April 2022. Along with that, she was a highly talented TV actress. Her TV work includes “One Life to Live,” “Sister, Sister,” and “Star Trek: Voyage.”
She also played Robert Williams in the 1999 film “Asunder” starring her close friend Blair Underwood. As a vocalist, Marva Hicks toured with performers like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Ingram, and Sheryl Crow.
1991’s “Never Been In Love Before” was her big solo break as it went to No. 7 on the R&B chart for Polydor Records. Her other songs were “Looking Over My Shoulder,” “One Good Reason,” and “I Got You Where I Want.”
Friends and Fans paying tributes to Marva Hicks
Ever since the sad news of Marva Hicks’ death emerged, friends and fans have been sharing tributes for the late performer on social media.
“It is always a gut punch when a friend or family member is taken to the great unknown, prompting the statement ‘gone too soon,” wrote Frank Underwood, the brother of Blair Underwood, on Facebook.
Actress Holly Robinson-Peete also paid tribute to Hicks on Twitter. “Rest in Heavenly Eternal Peace, Sis,” she wrote after an emotional homage.
Remembering my friend singer, composer, actress and #Broadway star Marva Hicks 💔💔💔💔💔🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Holly Robinson Peete 💃🏾♍️ (@hollyrpeete) September 18, 2022
Sending prayers to her sweet loving husband Akwasi Taha- (my college buddy) and to everyone who loved Marva…
We will miss you so much.
Rest In Heavenly Eternal Peace, Sis…🕊🕊 pic.twitter.com/Cp7Ryn4Oih
Music journalist Lorraine King also paid respect to Marva Hicks. “Such a talented lady who will be sadly missed.” Actress Felicia Boswell tweeted a photo of Hicks with the words, “True legend,” he wrote.
Additionally, thousands of fans are remembering Marva Hicks right now. Our deepest condolences go out to her family. May God let the departed soul rest easy.