The Moesha Curse Continues: Yvette Wilson’s Death Marks The Fourth Member of the Cast To Die
Is this your first time hearing about The Moesha curse? It’s similar to that of Saturday night live. Yvette Wilson’s death is the 5th person that had a recurring role on that show to die in just the last 10 years. The strange part isn’t that they all died, but they died way before their time. None of the made it over 50.
Let’s take a look at the deaths:
NAME: Merlin Santanta
AGE (at Time of Death): 26
Do you remember him from the Cosby show? . He was Stanley the kid that went to war with Kenny for Rudy affection. He then went on to play Ohagi on Moesha before his most famous role as Romeo on the Steve Harvey Show.
HIS DEATH – Shot six times in South Los Angles
A girl by the name of Monique King told her boyfriend Damien Andre Gates that Santana had raped her. Gates and another man named Brandon Douglas Byrnes found Santana and a friend sitting in a car where they shot him six times. During questioning related to the incident it was discovered that Monique King was lying and the whole thing was a set up. Gates received 3 life sentences plus 70 years, Byrnes received 23 years and King received 8 years in a juvenile facility. She was only 15.
UPDATE ON MONIQUE KING: SHE WAS RELEASED.
Monique King was released for the time served in her role with Merlin’s death but was then had 2 misdeameanor arrestes in Long Beach, CA. She was sentenced back in Feb. 29, 2012 and served 20 days and was released. She was then arrested again on March 10, 2012 in Hollywood. She is now 26 years old and apparently still hasn’t learned.
NAME: Artius Lamont Bentley
AGE (at Time of Death): 35
Bentley, another young talent was killed in a car accident. He played Hakeem, the next store neighbor of Moesha, who bummed a ride to school and ate their food.
HIS DEATH – Car Accident
In 2005 Bentley was driving in the early morning on Highway 118 in Simi Valley at a high rate of speed.
His Mercedes –Benz was seen running through a stop sign, breaking through a chain link fence, going down an embankment and ejecting him from the vehicle. He was struck by 5 cars before the authorizes could get to him. Initial tests showed no drugs or alcohols in his system.
NAME: Bernie Mac
ROLE: Uncle Bernie
AGE (at Time of Death): 50
HIS DEATH: – Sarcoidosis
The most famous of them all. Before the Bernie mac show he played Uncle Bernie for 11 episodes. His illness took everyone by surprise. In Aug of 2008 he was admitted to a hospital in Chicago. He was treated for a week unsuccessfully and died on August 9th from sarcoidosis which was complicated by pneumonia. Sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disease that causes tissue in your body to swell and this often affects the lungs but any organ can be affected. The illness occurs gradually and can be asymptomatic or chronic. Only 10% of people develop a serious disability and fewer then that die from it.
AGE (at Time of Death): 48
The most recent victim of the curse. She beat cancer and it came back. The return was very aggressive. She was in stage 4 when discovered that she also needed two kidney transplants. Eventually she was overcome by the illness passing away last week.
People like to put Brandy in that category because of the women that she hit and killed in a car accident but I don’t think it belongs in that group. I think 4 people in 10 years is enough without adding any embellishment in to the mix. If I wasn’t convinced then I am convinced now. Curse or coincidence you have to admit, it’s a little on the scary side.