With a heavy heart we report that legendary civil rights activist and actress Rube Dee has passed away. She died in her New Rochelle, NY home late last night. The death was confirmed by a a family member who chose not to be identified. “She died late (Wednesday) with her whole family around her,” family friend Latifah Salahudin told the Daily News. “All three kids and seven grandkids were there, surrounding her with so much love. She went peacefully from natural causes. We should all be so lucky.”
Ruby Dee was born in 1922 as Ruby Wallace, she married her first husband and kept his last name once she began to perform. She was a member of the organization Congress For Racial Equality, the NAACP and apart of Delta Sigma Theta.
Ruby Dee was a wonderful actress on screen and on Broadway. She has appeared in many films such as Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing to American Gangster co starring with Denzel Washington. She was currently filming a movie before she passed opposite Ice-T called King Dog which is still in production.
She will be greatly missed. We are losing all the greats are’t we? Her husband Ossie Davis who was also an actor and activist passed away in 2005.
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