Marva Hicks, an award-winning actress and singer, has died at the age of 66 in New York City. Reps for the trailblazer confirmed the news, and a cause of death has not been revealed. Her husband Akwasi Taha and her family also issued a statement:
“We are deeply sorry to announce the passing of our dear Marva Hicks Taha. She will be greatly missed and will remain forever in our hearts. The love she had for her husband, family, friends, and the entertainment community had no limits. We have been overwhelmed by the overwhelming outpouring of love. Memorial services will be announced in the coming days,” says the family.
The Petersburg, Virginia native graduated from Howard University in 1991. Her distinctive voice is heard on her debut, self-titled album, released in 1991. "Never Been In Love Before," a hit song on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, spent 17 weeks as a background vocalist to Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, and others.
Hicks was also a prolific performer in the theater world, winning three awards: Motown, The Lion King, Lena Horne: The Lady at Her Music, Caroline Or Change, and, most recently, an off-Broadway production of Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous.
Hicks had a slew of film and television credits, including Sister Sister, Mad About You, and Star Trek.
During this time, VIBE offers our sincere condolences to the Hicks-Taha family.
Marva Hicks' song for "Never Been In Love Before" can be seen below.