The renowned activist, musician, and performer Harry Belafonte reportedly passed away on Tuesday at his Manhattan home from congestive heart failure. He was 96.
His publicist, Ken Sunshine, reportedly confirmed his death.
With his magnificent voice, Belafonte surmounted all obstacles to become the top tier of show business.
His distinctive voice allowed him to achieve enormous range despite his lack of any classical training.
He became famous across the world by singing the line “Day-O!” from “The Banana Boat Song.”
Belafonte utilized his fortune to support the civil rights movement and other important issues to him, including human rights.
Six years after being the first African American to win a Tony Award on Broadway, he made history as the first producer to win an Emmy.