Actress and Singer Marva Hicks Dies at 47

Award-winning actor and singer Marva Hicks has tragically passed away at just 47, her family has announced.

The Broadway star, who was known for stage performances in The Lion King and Motown, died in New York City on Saturday.

A statement announcing her death says that Hicks, born in Virginia, was beloved for her “powerful, distinct and sultry” singing voice.

The talented singer and Howard graduate released her first 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 duetting 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 also acted in tons of movies and television programs such as Mad about You, Star Trek, and LA Law.

The beloved singer also lent her talents to many nonprofit organizations and was a proud member of Broadway Inspirational Voices.

The late actor’s family shared a statement with EBONY regarding her passing.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our dear Marva Hicks Taha,” said her husband Awkwasi Taha and family.

“The love she had for her husband, family, friends, and entertainment community knew no bounds.

“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.”

Hicks is survived by her husband.

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