Who was Melvin Van Peebles and how did he die?

MELVIN Van Peebles was known for his work with Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

It was announced on September 22, 2021, that Peebles passed away at the age of 89.

Who was Melvin Van Peebles?

Born August 21, 1932, Peebles was known as an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer.

He is most famously known for creating and starring in the film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

Over the years, Peebles appeared in over 40 credits and outside of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, he can be recognized in The Shining, Jaws: The Revenge, Panther and Redemption Road.

On the writing side of entertainment, Peebles is known for writing Don't Play Us Cheap and Bellyful.

As of 2021, Celebrity Net Worth reports that Peebles had an estimated net worth of $3 million.

What was his cause of death?

Peebles' death was confirmed by his family, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films.

In a statement, they said: “In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music.

"His work continues to be essential and is being celebrated at the New York Film Festival this weekend with a 50th anniversary screening of his landmark film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song; a Criterion Collection box set, Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Filmsnext week; and a revival of his play Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, slated for a return to Broadway next year.”

At this time, a cause of death has not been released.

Does Melvin Van Peebles have any children?

Over the years, Peebles had three children with Maria Marx.

The Peebles children include, Max, Mario, 65, and Megan.

Peebles' son Mario went on to become a successful American film director and actor who is most famously known for his role in New Jack City.

Following his father's death, Mario released a statement and said: “Dad knew that Black images matter if a picture is worth a thousand words, what was a movie worth? We want to be the success we see, thus we need to see ourselves being free. True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the power, beauty and interconnectivity of all people.”

Peebles' other children also went on to have successful career in the entertainment industry.

Max became an actor and assistant director while Megan was known as an actress.

She tragically passed away in 2006 at the age of 48, but a cause of death remains unclear.

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