Countess Vaughn of 'Moesha' Remembers Late Co-Stars Yvette Wilson & Lamont Bentley in a Post
Countess Vaughn, mostly known as Kimberly from the 90s sitcom "Moesha," recently paid tribute to the memory of two co-stars in an emotional post.
It’s been nearly two decades since "Moesha" ended its run. Still, fans of the UPN comedy will remember Yvette Wilson, aka Andell Wilkerson, and Lamont Bentley, who gave life to the character of Hakeem.
Vaughn took to Instagram with a throwback photo of herself, Wilson, Bentley, and the star of the show, Brandy, who played Moesha.
Bentley’s manager, Susan Ferris, revealed that he had attended a film screening just before his death
"Rip 2angels that watch over us," the actress captioned.
Fans in the comment section also reminisced on the life and times of Wilson and Bentley.
"They had very good spirits coming off the TV," one Instagram user wrote. "Her smile brighten (sic) my day, and his smile was so charming. Rip Yvette and Lamont."
"This just gave me CHILLS!!! [Rest In Heaven] Angels," chimed in another.
HOW WILSON DIED
"I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but god has chosen to take my sister Yvette home."
Per Huff Post, Wilson had also been battling kidney disease and even sent out a desperate public plea for funds to cover her medical bills.
Besides "Moesha," Wilson reprised her role as Andell in the show’s spin-off, "The Parkers," and appeared in other productions like "Friday," "House Party 2," "House Party 3," and Russell Simmons' "Def Comedy Jam."
HOW BENTLEY DIED
Bentley died seven years before Wilson, perishing in a fatal car crash on January 19, 2005. He was 31.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Bentley was traveling alone on a California Freeway after midnight when his Mercedes-Benz veered off the road, crashed through a fence, and rolled down an embankment.
A HORRIFIC CRASH
The impact reportedly threw Bentley from the car into freeway traffic where he was hit by up to five vehicles before authorities got to him. No drugs or alcohol were found in the actor’s system, and according to an autopsy report, he died of multiple blunt force injuries.
Following the tragedy, Bentley’s manager, Susan Ferris, revealed that he had attended a film screening just before his death and that the actor had been confident about his career taking off.
"He [Lamont Bentley] was a bright candle that just got snuffed out. He was in a great place emotionally, physically. Everything was going right for him."
Bentley brought smiles to fans across the country with his portrayal of Hakeem, Moesha’s next-door neighbor, and later love interest. He also appeared in the show’s spin-off as well as other shows like "NYPD Blue" and "Clueless."
Bentley left behind two daughters and a mom who lived with him in Granada Hills, Los Angeles.
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