The tragic death of actor and singer Adam Wade

Actor, singer and game show host Adam Wade has died at the age of 87, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wade was a trailblazer in the entertainment industry. In 1975, he became the first host of a black television game show with the show “Musical Chairs,” according to BET. Other notable achievements in his long career include screening for Tony Bennett at Copacabana, starring in the cult classic Phantom of the Paradise, appearing opposite Diahann Carroll in Claudine, and a deal with Epic Records. The Pittsburgh native was also known for his roles in cult films like “Shaft” and “Across 110th Street” (via IMDb). Before coming to Hollywood, Wade worked in science and was a lab assistant for polio vaccine developer, Dr. Jonas Salk.

He has also appeared on countless television series, and his final role came in 2020. Three of Wade’s songs hit the top 10 on Billboard in the 1960s, and one of his hit singles, “Take Good Care of Her,” became covered by other artists including Elvis Presley and Johnny Mathis.

Wade last performed a cabaret at the Triad Theater in New York City on Father’s Day. His passion for music, film and television remained constant throughout his life until his death. It appears that his death stems from a longstanding battle with an illness he has been battling for years.

Adam Wade suffered from Parkinson’s disease

Adam Wade had battled Parkinson’s disease for some time before dying at his home in Montclair, New Jersey. His wife, Jeree Wade, who is in her 30s, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that his death was due to complications from Parkinson’s. Jeree and Adam have often worked together, most notably on the play “On Kentucky Avenue,” which he wrote and directed (via Billboard).

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Wade’s family posted on his Facebook account to announce his passing: “It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of our husband, father, brother, friend Adam Wade,” the post continued. “Arrangements are being made for his memorial and we will keep you informed; it is a great loss to all who knew and loved him. Please keep our family in your prayers.”

Wade’s loved ones, fellow entertainers and fans mourn the loss of an industry legend. Marsha Warfield tweeted, “So sorry to hear the passing of actor/singer/game show host Adam Wade,” she continued, “among his many accomplishments he will always be the first black American to ever host a television.” Game show, “Musical Chairs.” My condolences to everyone whose lives he touched.” One fan tweeted, “A remarkable person. He was a lab tech for Jonas Salk but had so many other talents.”

Wade will be remembered for his remarkable talent and legacy in the entertainment industry. He leaves behind his wife, four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.