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October 26, 2019

Countess Vaughn of 'Moesha' Remembers Late Co-Stars Yvette Wilson & Lamont Bentley in a Post

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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.

Countess Vaughn at TV One's "Hollywood Diva's" Reunion Special Filming on July 13, 2016 in California | Photo: Getty Images


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.



Wilson passed away on June 14, 2012, after succumbing to stage 4 cervical cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Her "Moesha" co-star Shar Jackson confirmed Wilson’s death in a tweet, saying:

"I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but god has chosen to take my sister Yvette home."

Yvette Wilson on November 17, 2003 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images


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."

Yvette Wilson & the cast of "The Parkers" on Nov. 17, 2003 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images



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.

Lamont Bentley on the UPN comedy series "Moesha" in November 1996 | Photo: Getty Images



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.

Lamont Bentley during "The Wash" in November 2001 | Photo: Getty Images



Ferris added:

"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."

Lamont Bentley as Hakeem Campbell on "Moesha" in November 1996 | Photo: Getty Images

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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