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Adam Wade, Singer, Actor, and Pioneering Game Show Host Passes Away at 87

Celebrity deaths illustrate the way that people often form relationships with the media. Often these relationships are a deep connection and when those icons die there is a sense of great loss.

The recent death of actor Tony Sirico stormed virtual grief that was felt for days. A similar brew of reactions has been baffling the internet for Dapper actor and performer Adam Wade. 

The iconic singer and actor who appeared in movies such as “Shaft” and “Crazy Joe” before becoming the first black person to host a game show called “Wheel of Fortune” has passed away. The beloved entertainer passed away on July 7th.

Not everyone knows this but the legendary singer was diagnosed and struggling with Parkinson’s disease for a very long time. 

The internet has seemed to be a bit off with the passing of the legendary artist who has been serving the audience for over 60 splendid years. The American singer passed away at the age of 87. Let’s take a look.

American Singer/Actor Adam Wade Died At The Age Of 87

Adam Wade, the legendary singer and actor who also made history by becoming the first Black celebrity to host a popular game show, has died at the age of 87.

Wade hosted the 1975 CBS game show Musical Chairs which was a huge hit back in the times. 

Adam Wade passed away in his home in Montclaire, New Jersey. According to the death announcement, Wade was struggling with Parkinson’s disease.

He was survived by pretty much all of his family including his wife Jeree, his children and grandchildren by his side at the time of demise. 

His death was announced on Facebook via a family member indicating that the proud husband, father, brother and grandfather has sadly passed away. He has had a peaceful death in his home.

The announcement also mentioned an intimate memorial for the legendary singer. The demise announcement included a love note for the fans and well wishers to always keep Adam Wade in their prayers. 

Adam Wade’s Spectacular Career

Wade started his music career as a singer in the late 50s. His first mainstream success came around the 1960s with three of his songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

The American singer was hugely inspired by the great Nat King Cole and a lot of his music reminded fans of some similar tunes from Cole’s classics.

Wade scored a few singles through the next couple of decades, but he developed an interest in acting in the 1970s. In 1971, he appeared in Shaft and was also involved with the films Across 110th Street and Claudine.

In the ’70s, Wade turned his hand to an experimental TV career which turned out to be his golden time of life.

Notably, in 1975 Wade became the first African-American game show host in the United States with the premiere of Musical Chairs.

The iconic Adam Wade has left some remarkable footprints in the music industry. 

Parul Bhilwara
I write for a living, for fun and for the love of it. I have a deep understanding of the Internet, the digital world and pop culture. Watch out for this space to get updates on your favourite movies and TV shows.


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