So often we look at icons, like Gladys Knight, as almost being super human and we sometimes forget that they endure heartaches and tragedies just like the rest of us. Unfortunately in 1999, Gladys Knight suffered the worst tragedy that no parent should have to face when her son passed away. Details below…
THE CAUSE OF JAMES “JIMMY” NEWMAN’S DEATH
It was widely reported that Jimmy (pictured above with his mother and sister) passed away in his sleep from heart failure at his Las Vegas home. There have also been conflicting allegations regarding the actual cause of his heart failure. Some speculated that it was caused by dr*g usage, while other reports allege it was due to natural causes. Regardless of what caused Jimmy’s heart failure, at 37 years old, he still had much more life ahead of him.
Jimmy’s survived by his wife, Michelene, two daughters, three sons, a sister, and three brothers (two of his siblings are Gladys Knight’s children and the other is his father’s child from a different relationship). See how his beloved father passed away…
JIMMY’S DAD PASSED AWAY YOUNG
Ironically, Jimmy’s father/ex-husband of Gladys Knight, James Newman Sr., reportedly died as a drug addict at the age of 35, just a few years after he and Knight divorced. James , who was a jazz musician from Atlanta, was Knight’s first husband and high school sweetheart. They married when Knight was 16 in 1960 and eventually divorced in 1973. During their marriage they had two children- Jimmy and Kenya. HERE’S WHAT GLADYS SAID ABOUT HER SON’S PASSING
SEE TRAGIC DETAILS ON KNIGHT’S SON’S DEATH
Knight’s son, who was also her manager since the mid 80’s, James “Jimmy” Newman II, died at the young age of 37 on July 10, 1999. His death happened suddenly and the shock of his passing hit his Mother and loved ones by complete surprise. See details…
KNIGHT: “I KNOW I’LL SEE HIM AGAIN”
Gladys Knight spoke about her son’s passing in a prior interview and she says he is the one responsible for introducing her to the Mormon religion, of which she converted to in 1997:
Via Ottawa Citizen: “He [Jimmy] brought me to my church and I just grew immensely from his example. I am happy in my spirit for where I know for sure he is. That (death) is something we all have to go through, it’s not our time and place to dictate when, where or what, it’s not our business. It belongs to the Lord and that’s how I’ve dealt with it. I know I’ll see him again,” Knight said about her son.
May James Newman Sr. and James “Jimmy” Newman Jr. continue to rest peacefully.