Melvin Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles was an actor and filmmaker best known for his influential 1971 film, “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.”

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Published by The Statesman Examiner on Sep. 22, 2021.
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Melvin mentored me on one night. A Chicago connection in the soul. An Independent Film Maker. He invented the shots you see in movies. I will miss out quick phone conversations.
Danny Ahlfeld
Friend
October 17, 2021
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him O Lord and May Perpetual Light shine upon Him. May the Soul of Faithful Departed Through the Mercy of God, Rest In Peace.
A Fan
Family
October 5, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
John Strobert
October 3, 2021
The world has lost a lot a fine human being
Willie Hooper
Friend
September 29, 2021
With deepest condolences to the Van Peebles family and close friends for your loss. He and his work will always be remembered. God is close to the brokenhearted and those crushed in spirit.
September 29, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My deepest condolences.
Willi... Gary, IN
September 29, 2021
My condolences go out to the Van Peebles family on the death of Van. He will be missed by the family and friends.
Taylor
Other
September 28, 2021
The roles you played will be remembered.
Stephanie Schell
September 27, 2021
You will be remembered for your acting.
Stephanie D Schell
September 27, 2021
R.I.P. you will be missed
Carol Owens
Friend
September 27, 2021
September 27, 2021

Dear Family of Actor, Director, and Writer Mr. Melvin Van Peebles:

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all of you on your loss. Melvin was a very talented person. And he will be missed by all of those people who knew, and loved him. And especially by those people whose lives that he had touch. He did leave a great legacy. And he will not be forgotten. All we can say, is "Rest In Peace, Melvin".

WITH OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY, FROM, MS. VALINDA D. JONES, A 44 YEAR MEMBER OF SIXTH GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 600 EAST 35TH STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60616, AND ALSO THEIR "PUBLIC RELATIONS PERSON", AND THE FORMER COOP MEMBERS, AND THE FORMER MEMBERS OF CHURCH MUSICIAN SHIP GUILD, INC. MS. JONES IS A FORMER MEMBER AS OF 1988-2008. THE LATE DR. MILDRED G. LEWIS WAS THE FOUNDER, AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
Ms. Valinda D. Jones
September 27, 2021
Heartfelt sympathies to the Van Peebles family, may you all draw strength and comfort from God to help to carry you through this very difficult time of your loss.
September 27, 2021
Prolific!! Amazing!! Visionary !
C GC
September 27, 2021
My condolences.
September 27, 2021
A inspiration to many and hopefully the new regime.
Felicia Headly Family
Friend
September 27, 2021
Dear Van Peebles Family Rory and I saddened to hear about Melvin Van Peebles.he'll surely be missed very much and may he rest in peace.best faith/rory
faith/rory tobin/dockett
Acquaintance
September 26, 2021
Sending love and condolences to your family. May God give y´all the strength to be strong. Sorry for your loss
Mrs. Brigmon
September 26, 2021
In Memory of A Pioneer in Modern Cinema, Television and Music. Thank you for your contributions to the Arts.
Cornelius SNOW
Family
September 25, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Melvin Van Peebles' family, loved ones, friends, associates and “Sweetback's enthusiastic fans." Melvin Van Peebles once said, "Essentially, I'm, most of all, a writer. So, what makes people tick interests me."
Charles Singleton
Acquaintance
September 25, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of the death of such a talented man. May God comfort and strengthen the hearts of all of Mr. Peebles family and friends in your time of sorrow.
patricia
September 25, 2021
A true credit to his craft, so many have benefited and appreciated his hard work. Many thanks. My heart goes out to the Van Peebles family, praying for you all.
September 25, 2021
An icon and an inspiration to so many, a legend that leaves an amazing legacy. Sincere sympathies to the Van Peebles family, may God be with you.
September 25, 2021
Van Pebbles was loved by many but it is apparent definitely by his family. To the family I am so sorry for your loss and do offer my sincere sympathy. May yo find comfort at this very difficult time.
Lindsey
September 25, 2021
HE WAS A TRAILBLAZERS! HE PAVE THE WAY FOR MANY BLACK ACTORS!!!!
Felicia WESTBROOKS
Friend
September 24, 2021
Hi how are you I am good u I was writing to you to give my condolences to you and your family etc. RIP I loved his movies etc. He seemed like a nice guy. I will.miss him so. No rush take care bye
Mr jody Brachman
Acquaintance
September 24, 2021
Deepest condolences. May you be comforted by cherished memories and the unfailing love of your heavenly father
Raquel Wells
September 24, 2021
Truly an amazing actor and extraordinary filmmaker. Heartfelt condolences to the Van Peebles family, may God grant strength and comfort to all of you as you endure this most difficult time of your loss.
September 24, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Van Peebles Family, May the God of Comfort take care of you during this very difficult time. Melvin has left a legacy in the industry for decades. May He support you with his strength as he carries the load of your grief. Psalm 68:19
BRY
September 24, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.
September 24, 2021
What an excellent actor! His work will live on. My condolences to his family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
TD
Other
September 24, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
JACKIE DUNNING
September 24, 2021
Thank you for your consciousness and being a pioneer within the black community. You will be missed. Rest in Paradise...
Raymie Kenner
September 23, 2021
You were a giant among us. You raised us all. You are missed already.
Charles Dumas
September 23, 2021
Our condolences coming from the Tyson family of head and Randolph streets in San Francisco we lived around the corner from you guys in the sixties, Mario and his sister played with us down in the fields near brotherhood way and vernon st. in San Francisco!
Gregory N Tyson
Family
September 23, 2021
I have so many memories with this family. Such an enormous loss. Praying for all who loved this man.
Sheri Duncan
Friend
September 23, 2021
Godspeed Melvin, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the film and TV memories.

Rest Melvin, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Air Force.
Harry Simpson
September 23, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
james and nell richardson
September 23, 2021
We salute you sir. Sleep well
Jean-Paul O
September 23, 2021
Alishia
September 23, 2021
I've enjoyed his work over the years.R.I.P!
Alma Washington
September 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Family and friends for your loss. Melvin was a visionary and will be missed. At this difficult time, may the Almighty God of tender mercies, comfort and strengthen you.
Mary Smith
September 23, 2021
My Sincerest Condolences to your family Thanks for such Beautiful and wonderful Filmakin to The World and The Black Community You'll truly be missed May you rest in Peace and Power
Fred Bomani Hilliard
Friend
September 23, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
JACKIE DUNNING
September 23, 2021
What a talented man with a contagious smile. You will be missed but your legacy will continue. God bless and keep your family comforted.
Diane Rice
September 23, 2021
Thank You, for being fiercely Independent...
Hjean Williams
Friend
September 23, 2021
My condolences to the Family
Michele Weaver
Acquaintance
September 23, 2021
What a great loss to the world he will be missed by many, he was such a great actor.
September 23, 2021
He will truly be missed,this magnificent mind of a man. Looking to see his life story in the business. My condolences to the Family.
Annie Briggs
Acquaintance
September 23, 2021
My Father Figure and Friend. I shall miss him until I am also gone.
Lou Gonzalez
Friend
September 23, 2021
An iconic director, what an amazing talent. Sincere condolences to the Van Peebles family, truly sorry for your loss, so many are feeling this pain with you. May God be with you all to give you strength and comfort as you endure this very difficult time of your loss.
R B
September 23, 2021
Sorry to hear about your dad, Mario. The few times I met him at St Thomas More during the summer he was nice to me. He was really proud of you
Brian O'Connor
Friend
September 23, 2021
You will ALWAYS be one of my favorite actors. May you Rest In Peace SIR. My sincere condolences to the Van Peebles Family. A true ICON. A true LEGEND!
Tamara Tolliver
September 23, 2021
YOU WERE AHEAD OF YOUR TIME SO BRILLIANTLY I ENJOYED ALL OF YOUR MOVIES REST IN HEAVEN
JUANITA JOHNSON
September 22, 2021
As Chairman and Graduate Director of NYIT's Communication Arts undergraduate and graduate programs a dozen years ago, I reached out to Melvin (who lived six blocks south of our Manhattan studios) to participate in a series of nine programs entitled "Literary Living", which we were producing for Robert Townsend's Black Family Channel. He offered us profound, realistic mentorship on that program and went on to involve me and our students in several of his own projects, both on screen and off-Broadway, at that time. As challenging as it was to work for Melvin (because he was a unique and highly professional, perfectionist producer/director/actor) our students were compelled by his intellect and sweetness. They just LOVED the fellow! So did I. I mean the guy actually had the severed rear-end of a Volkswagen bus sticking out of his living room wall, serving as a bookcase. My hope for each of us is that we have at least one friend who is as genuine an iconoclast. Foe me, that charming fellow was Melvin van Peebles, our country's first African -American member of the Director's Guild of America (DGA). RIP, my friend; I will sorely miss our bull sessions!
Michael Banks
Friend
September 22, 2021
Ondrail Augusta Couch-McMillan
September 22, 2021
Our deepest condolences for the lost of one of the great one,Mr and Mrs ET knight jr
Elbert & michelle Knight jr
Acquaintance
September 22, 2021
Prayers going forth for the family
Ondrail Couch- McMillan ( grand daughter of Augusta Ann Peebles)
Family
September 22, 2021
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