Post by Sweet Meat aka CC on Jan 20, 2005 0:39:49 GMT -5
Actor Lamont Bentley Killed in Car Crash
LOS ANGELES - Lamont Bentley, who was a regular in the 1990s sitcom "Moesha" and appeared frequently in television and movies, was killed in a car crash, his manager said Wednesday.
Bentley died Tuesday night when his vehicle plunged off the San Diego Freeway, manager Susan Ferris said. He was the only person in the vehicle.
Bentley, 31, played Hakeem Campbell, the longtime friend of pop singer Brandy's character, Moesha Mitchell, in the UPN sitcom "Moesha."
Bentley had appeared in a number of films, including "The Wash" and "Tales From the Hood." He also played Tupac Shakur in the TV movie, "Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story," and had appeared in guest roles on "The Parkers," "NYPD Blue" and "Clueless."
The Milwaukee native and father of two daughters began his career after moving to Los Angeles with his mother, an aspiring singer.
"This is a big year for him," Ferris said. "We were very excited because he was coming into his own. It's like a candle being snuffed right out."
Post by AngelicVoices19 on Jan 20, 2005 1:34:07 GMT -5
Dang, man, I just got finished watching Moesha not too long ago. And the whole time I'm thinking, I wonder what he's doing now and if he got any movies coming out. My heart is broken too. I loved him, he was my favorite character on that show. Dang.
Post by Sweet Meat aka CC on Jan 20, 2005 19:54:46 GMT -5
I'm a lil' skeptical about what happened as well; especially after readin' on anotha board that 1) it was reported that he wasn't wearin' his seatbelt and was ejected from his car and 2) after readin' this updated article on what happened in more detail...
"Moesha" Star Killed in Crash
The Moesha family is mourning the loss of one of its own. Lamont Bentley, who starred as Hakeem Campbell on the UPN sitcom, died Wednesday when he was thrown from his vehicle just outside Los Angeles. He was 31.
His manager, Susan Ferris, said Bentley was killed when his car skidded off a freeway around midnight.
A spokesman for the California Highway did not immediately return calls late Wednesday. But Craig Stevens, the senior deputy medical examiner for Ventura County, California, told Bentley's hometown newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the actor "went up a highway off-ramp at a high rate of speed" and then tumbled down an embankment.
Bentley, who was on his way home from a Tuesday night screening of the independent short film Shards, was driving solo at the time of the wreck.
He was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. Wednesday.
"It's like a candle being snuffed right out," Ferris told the Associated Press.
"Yesterday became a very sad day when we heard of Lamont's death," Moesha cohorts Brandy and Ray J said in a joint statement Thursday.
"He has been a friend to us and our family while being a part of the Moesha family and after. Our hearts are sad. Lamont will be missed as a friend and as a real talent. We send our sincere condolences to his daughters and family."
Although the actor is best known for his role on Moesha during the show's 1996-2001 run, Bentley also appeared in a handful of films, including the 2001 Snoop Dogg flick The Wash, the 1997 TV movie Buffalo Soldiers and 1995's Tales from the Hood, as well as the 1994 TV series South Central.
Bentley also made guest appearances on shows like NYPD Blue, Clueless, Family Matters, Soul Food and the Moesha spinoff, The Parkers.
Bentley also was an aspiring rapper, but his hip-hop project Uprise never secured a record deal with a major label.
Bentley is survived by his two daughters and his mother.
BTW, I remembered when he had one of his daughters with him on an episode of BET's "Oh Drama" a couple of years back and he said that she was the lil' girl that played D.L. Hughley and Tamala Jones' daughter in "The Brothers".