How Did the Singer Phyllis Hyman Die?

Digging up the past sometimes brings up saddening information, which is the case when we investigate how the singer Phyllis Hyman died.

Phyllis Hyman's Death

Phyllis Hyman committed suicide, leaving a suicide note behind. Part of the note read "I'm tired. I'm tired. Those of you that I love know who you are. May God bless you." She killed herself on June 30, 1995, just a week before she would have turned 46 years old. Clearly, she killed herself rather early on in life. Who knows what accomplishments she would have achieved if she had lived longer?

Hyman was alone in her apartment in New York City when she took her own life. She overdosed on pentobarbital and secobarbital. After her death, a memorial service was held in her honor at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City.

Music of Phyllis Hyman

Although people will always remember that she committed suicide, they will also remember the legacy that she left behind and all of the accomplishments that she achieved in her short life.

When she was 28 years old, she released her first album entitled Phyllis Hyman under the Buddah Records label. The songs on her first album included:

  • "Loving You, Losing You"
  • "No One Can Love You More"
  • "One More Thing on My Mind"
  • "I Don't Want to Lose You"
  • "Deliver the Love"
  • "Was Yesterday Such a Long Time Ago"
  • "Night Bird Gets the Love"
  • "Beautiful Man of Mine"
  • "Children of the World"

After her debut album, Hyman was a success, and she went on to produce several more albums during her lifetime. They were:

  • Sing a Song
  • Somewhere in My Lifetime
  • You Know How to Love Me
  • Can't We Fall in Love Again?
  • Goddess of Love
  • Living All Alone
  • Prime of My Life
  • I Refuse to be Lonely
  • Forever with You

Here is a list of some of the famous singles that Phyllis Hyman released during her career:

  • "Leaving the Good Life Behind"
  • "We Both Need Each Other"
  • "Betcha by Golly Wow"
  • "Kiss You All Over"
  • "You Know How to Love Me"
  • "Under Your Spell"
  • "Can't We Fall in Love Again"
  • "Tonight You and Me"
  • "You Sure Look Good to Me"
  • "Riding the Tiger"
  • "Why Did You Turn Me On"
  • "Old Friend"
  • "Living All Alone"
  • "Screaming at the Moon"
  • "Ain't You Had Enough Love"
  • "Obsession"
  • "Don't Wanna Change the World"
  • "Living in Confusion"
  • "When You Get Right Down to it"
  • "I Found Love"
  • "I Refuse to be Lonely"

After Phyllis Hyman Died

Several of Phyllis Hyman's albums were released posthumously. In November 1995, the album I Refuse to be Lonely was released. The title is almost chilling, considering that she had taken her own life while she was in the process of compiling that album.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, various albums and songs have been released, proving that her memory still lives on for both those who loved her and in the music industry.