The tragic story of Phyllis Hyman who couldn't handle the fame and took her own life

Cynthia Rita
Oct 02, 2018
03:22 P.M.

- Celebritist learned from Your Dictionary the story of a ‘90s R&B singer who allegedly couldn’t handle the fame she was getting and reportedly took her own life which ended her promising career.


- The Pennsylvania-born singer/actress who was best known for her hit singles in the late 1970s to the early ‘90s reportedly had a tragic end with success.

- She was best known in the industry as Phyllis Hyman and was born on the 6th of July in 1949 and passed away on the 30th of June in 1995.

The Tony Award nominee is best remembered for the great legacy she left behind.


She accomplished a lot in her short-lived life.

At 28 years old, she released her first album which was entitled ‘Phyllis Hyman’ in 1977 under the Buddah Records label.

Her first album went to number 107 on the Billboard 200 chart, but her ‘No One Can Love You More’ song was noted as the most successful single she had. It charted at number 58 on the Billboard Hot Soul charts.


Before the release of her first album, Phyllis Hyman made a cover version of the 1971 hit song ‘Betcha by Golly Wow’ by ‘The Stylistics.’

Her cover apparently appeared on Norman Connors’ album entitled ‘You Are My Starship’ in 1976 that led her to a contract with Buddah Records.

She became truly famous, but according to her bio, she took her own life.


Before her death, Phyllis left a note behind stating the reason why she took her own life.

In the brief letter, the singer was simply tired.

The note stated:

“I’m tired. I’m tired. Those of you that I love know who you are. May God bless you.”

Phyllis Hyman took her life on the 30th of June in 1995.


Reportedly, she was just a week away before her 46th birthday.

It was quite sad to learn that she took her own life at when her fame was still growing.

The singer was reportedly alone in her New York apartment when she died.

The cause of her demise was an alleged overdose of secobarbital and pentobarbital.

What could have she accomplished had she lived longer?


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