Tragic Story of Hakeem from Moesha: What happened to him?

Tragic Story of Hakeem from Moesha: What happened to him?

Lamont Bentley was an American actor and hip-hop artist. He was famous for playing the role of Hakeem Campbell in the TV sitcom Moesha. He became a household name in the late 90s and early 2000s, but his life was cut short at the peak of his career. Keep reading for more on what happened to Hakeem from Moesha.

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Hakeem from Moesha sitcom on UPN.
Lamont starred as Hakeem in Moesha alongside Brandy. Photo: CBS on Getty Images (modified by author)
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Bentley dropped out of high school to pursue acting and had been in the industry for over a decade before meeting his untimely demise. He worked with stars like Brandy, Dr. Dre, Ralph Farquhar, Spike Lee, and Snoop Dogg.

Lamont Bentley's profile summary and bio

Full nameArtimus Lamont Bentley
Date of birth25 October 1973
Place of birthMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Date of death19 January 2005
Place of deathVentura County, California, United States
Age at death31 years
Cause of deathSingle-car accident
Place of restForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles
ChildrenTwo daughters, Brazil and Artesia Bentley
MotherLoyce
ProfessionActor, rapper
Known forPortraying Hakeem in the Moesha sitcom

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How old was Lamont Bentley when he died?

The Moesha star was born on 25 October 1973 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. He later moved to Los Angeles with his mother, Loyce Bentley, who wanted to pursue a singing career. Lament passed away on 19 January 2005 in Ventura Couty. At this time, he was 31 years old.

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How did Lamont Bentley die?

How did Lamont Bentley pass away? The actor was involved in a tragic accident near Simi Valley, Ventura County, South California, on 19 January 2005. According to witnesses, he was driving at a high speed towards the Rocky Peak Fire Road off-ramp.

His vehicle went past a stop sign through a chain-link fence across the street and then rolled down an embankment. He was then thrown out of his rolling car right into the San Diego freeway traffic, where he was hit by several vehicles.

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The actor was pronounced deceased at 23 minutes past midnight. Autopsy results showed he had no alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of the accident.

Actor Lamont Bentley during The Wash.
Lamont Bentley passed away in January 2005 due to a car crash. Photo: Jeff Kravitz
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Where is Lamont Bentley buried?

The actor was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles County, California. His memorial service was held at the Serenity Funeral Home in Milwaukee on 24 January 2005.

Lamont Bentley's acting career

Lamont began his career as a child actor, appearing in TV commercials and guest-starring on TV shows. In 1995, he landed his breakthrough role when Ralph Farquhar cast him as Hakeem in the UPN television sitcom Moesha. He was in the series for six seasons from 1996 to 2001.

The actor played other notable roles, including Tupac Shakur in Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story and C-Money in The Wash alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. He also appeared in Clueless, The Parkers, and NYPD Blue.

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Bentley was also a great rapper and was part of the UPRIZE Recording group that comprised Marché Meeks (Cartier) and Tyson Pearson (Typhoon). His final on-screen project was in the crime drama Sucker Free City.

Lamont Bentley as Hakeem in Moesha.
Lamont Bentley died at 31. Photo: CBS
Source: Getty Images

Did Hakeem and Moesha get married?

Hakeem and Moesha did not tie the knot, and their relationship ended due to a misunderstanding. In the spin-off, The Parkers, Hakeem dates Kim Parker's best friend, Stevie Van Lowe.

Who passed in the Moesha show?

Apart from Lamont Bentley, who portrayed Hakeem Campbell on the UPN sitcom, these Moesha cast members have also passed away:

Actor/actressMoesha roleYear died & ageCause of death
Merlin SantanaOhagi2002 at 26Homicide/Gunshot wound
Bernie MacUncle Bernie2008 at 50Sarcoidosis disease
Kobe BryantTerry Hightower2020 at 41Helicopter crash
Maya AngelouFired Up episode (S5) as Herself 2014 at 86Poor health
DMXGimme a Break episode as himself2021 at 50Heart attack
Robert GuillaumeArthur2017 at 89Prostate cancer
Janet DuBoisMrs. Moss 2020 at 74Cardiac arrest
Yvette WilsonAndele Wilkerson2012 at 48Cervical cancer
Estelle HarrisFrances Howie2022 at 93Natural causes
Montrose Hagins Talk to the Town episode as a Senior citizen2012 at 95Natural causes
Jim LangeThe Short Story episode as Himself2014 at 81Heart attack

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What happened to Hakeem from Moesha?

How did Hakeem from Moesha die? The actor who portrayed Hakeem, Lamont Bentley, was involved in a fatal single-car accident in Ventura County, California, on 19 January 2005.

Despite dying young, Lamont Bentley lived to see his dream of becoming a renowned actor being fulfilled. He left a legacy for his two children, Brazil Bentley and Artesia Bentley.

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