Head of the Chase Family since 2019, the seasoned businessman and educator died on Wednesday, according to his family's foundation.
The New York native found fame as a duo with his brother Gregory, later going solo and developing into a playwright and director.
The New Orleans native saw brief but soaring national success in the 1970s, with a later revival of her #2 hit bringing her music to a new generation.
Payne first envisioned the creation of the National Black Catholic Congress and was the first lay or Black vicar in the U.S. Catholic Church.
The Denver resident was an infant refugee of the 1921 White mob attack in Oklahoma and was party to a lawsuit against the government at the time of his death.
The 45-year Franciscan priest was accused of child sex abuse dating to the 1970s and removed from ministry in 2004. He was laicized after leaving the order.
The Guyanese-born priest came to the U.S. at 19, serving the Diocese of Brooklyn for 40+ years and championing the now-Servant of God Bernard Quinn.
The barrier-breaking Black Catholic was the grandson of a formerly enslaved man and was turned away from other orders due to his race.
The noted Black Catholic organizer co-founded the Afro-American Patrolmen’s League to empower Black Chicago police and also opposed racism in the Church.
The 73-year-old Precious Blood priest, the first African American ordained in the city of Cleveland, had for years been in failing health.
The internationally known liturgist, author, and speaker was an integral cog in the Black Catholic Movement and quickly gained broad popularity.
The former permanent deacon and pharmacologist, retired from parish work since 2017, had been in poor health since last year.
The famed singer and actor, whose financial support helped sustain the Civil Rights Movement, succumbed to heart failure in New York.
The internationally known Black Catholic prelate had served as the Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans since 2015.
The one-time Hollywood mainstay who struggled throughout his career with drug addiction has succumbed to illness in California.
A veteran religious brother who served in one of the first interracial religious communities in America has succumbed to illness in Indiana.