Legendary singer and activist Harry Belafonte has died at the age of 96. Belafonte was known for his singing career that lasted for seven decades, also being one of the leading celebrities in the Civil Rights Movement.

Goodbye To A Legend

On April 25, Harry Belafonte, born Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr., died at 96 in New York City.

According to a New York Times report, Belafonte died from congestive heart failure at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Harry The Entertainment Icon

Belafonte had an entertainment career that lasted for more than seven decades.

The icon won three Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Belafonte was best known for recording his 1956 hit “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).” 

Belafonte starred in several films, including 1954’s Carmen Jones alongside Dorothy Dandridge. Belafonte starred in 1957’s Island In the Sun and 1959’s Odds Against Tomorrow.

Some of Belafonte’s awards included an Emmy and Tony Award. In 1994, Belafonte was given the National Medal of Arts, and in 2022, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the Early Influence category.