Minnie Riperton’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Nov 8, 1947

Death Date

Jul 12, 1979

Age of Death

31 years

Cause of Death

Breast Cancer

Place of Death

Cedars-Sinai Medical Records,   Los Angeles,  California,  United States

Place of burial

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary,   Los Angeles,  California,  United States

Profession

Soul Singer

The soul singer Minnie Riperton died at the age of 31. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

American singer-songwriter best known for her five-octave vocal range. Her biggest hit was her 1975 single “Lovin’ You.”

She had two children with husband and musician Richard Rudolph; her daughter Maya was a cast member of SNL. She also had a son, Marc.

How did Minnie Riperton die?

In January 1976, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy a few months later in April.

The diagnosis revealed her cancer had metastasized, and her life expectancy was only six more months. Despite the grim prognosis, Riperton continued touring and recording.

She was one of the first celebrities to go public with a breast cancer diagnosis, but she refrained from saying she was terminally ill.

In 1977, she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.

In 1978, she received the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award, which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter.

On July 12, 1979, at age 31, Riperton died of cancer.

Quotes

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“Your wealth can be stolen, but the precious riches buried deep in your soul cannot.”

Minnie Riperton