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Lamont Bentley of 'Moesha' Tragically Died in Car Crash at a Young Age of 31

Stephen Thompson
Apr 20, 2020
10:00 P.M.

Star actor, who played Hakeem Campbell in the 90's sitcom "Moesha," passed away when he was in his early 30s after falling victim to a car accident.

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Lamont was a familiar face on TVS during the nineties, and he was greatly missed when he passed away so suddenly. According to his manager at the time, Bentley was killed by a car crash.

He had been driving on a Tuesday night when his car fell off the San Diego freeway. The 31-year-old was the only one in the vehicle.

Lamont Bentley (as Hakeem Campbell) on the UPN half-hour comedy series "Moesha" in November 1996. | Photo: Getty Images

Lamont Bentley (as Hakeem Campbell) on the UPN half-hour comedy series "Moesha" in November 1996. | Photo: Getty Images

The car accident was rather severe. Lamont was driving his Benz at high speed, and the car ran through a stop sign and broke through a chain-linked fence before plunging into an embankment.

A minimum of 5 cars hit his vehicle, and he died of several blunt-force injuries that he had sustained during the car accident. He was survived by two young daughters and his mother.

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Lamont Bentley (as Hakeem Campbell) on the UPN half-hour comedy series "Moesha" in November 1996. | Photo: Getty Images

Lamont Bentley (as Hakeem Campbell) on the UPN half-hour comedy series "Moesha" in November 1996. | Photo: Getty Images

He was widely known for his role on "Moesha," but Lament had appeared in a couple of movies, which includes "The Wash." Lamont Bentley was born in Wisconsin, but he later moved to LA with his mum. He was chasing a career in music at the time, but soon his acting talent was discovered.

The reunion was bound to be emotional as not only had they lost two of their cast members, Lamont and Yvette Wilson, they had also not all been together for years.

Lamont Bentley (as Hakeem Campbell) and Brandy Norwood (as Moesha Mitchell) on the UPN half-hour comedy series "Moesha" in November 1996. | Photo: Getty Images

Lamont Bentley (as Hakeem Campbell) and Brandy Norwood (as Moesha Mitchell) on the UPN half-hour comedy series "Moesha" in November 1996. | Photo: Getty Images

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He started his Journey with advertisements on television. Lamont's starburst commercial was the most prominent one. The late actor first appeared in the film, "Tales From the Hood" where he played the role of Crazy k.

The talented actor was able to pull off his part which involved a gang member trapped within his psychotic dream. A long time after that, he landed a role in "Moesha."

Photo of Lamont Bentley during "The Wash" on November 12, 2001. | Photo: Getty Images

Photo of Lamont Bentley during "The Wash" on November 12, 2001. | Photo: Getty Images

Musician Brandy Norwood played the star, Moesha. Back in 2017, the cast of the show had a Reunion on a talk show: "The Real." It was an emotional experience for those who were lucky enough to still be alive to participate especially singer, Brandy. She said:

"This is just such a great moment; This is beautiful. This is God. This is love. This is everything. Thank you guys so much for..."

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The reunion was bound to be emotional as not only had they lost two of their cast members, Lamont and Yvette Wilson, they had also not all been together for years.

The sitcom ran for six long years but wrapped off with an abrupt ending full of suspense. The cast members would be more than willing to have a reboot of the sitcom if the chance ever came up.

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