Gregory Hines died of liver cancer at 57, en route to the hospital from his home in Los Angeles. He had been diagnosed with the disease more than a year earlier but had informed only his closest friends.
At the time of his death, he was engaged to Negrita Jayde. Hines is interred at Saint Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the country in which he met Negrita.
Negrita, who died in 2009, is buried next to him.
Gregory Oliver Hines was a actor, singer, dancer and choreographer.
■1979 Theatre World Award—Eubie!.
■1992 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical—Jelly’s Last Jam.
■1992 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical—Jelly’s Last Jam.
■1988 Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture—Running Scared.
■1998 Flo-Bert Award—Lifetime Achievement in Tap Dance by the New York Committee To Celebrate National Tap Dance Day.
■2002 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special—Bojangles.
■2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program —Little Bill.