Bay Area radio host and civil rights advocate Ray Taliaferro was found dead in the woods in Kentucky following a week-long search by his family.
He was visiting the area with his wife and showed possible signs of dementia.
On Monday night, he was being remembered for a life of service and appreciation for art.
Taliaferro leaves behind friends and family who remember him as a renaissance man who remained humble throughout his success.
He was a music lover who encouraged young people to embrace art.
Taliaferro also worked at KRON 4 News before heading to KGO Newstalk AM-810 where he worked for years as the first African American commentator in a major city.
He took civil rights to heart as well serving at one point as president of the NAACP San Francisco Chapter and honored by the National Association of Black Journalists for his life’s work in 2011.
His long-time friend, the current president of the NAACP Dr. Amos Brown, calls him a selfless pioneer.
“It’s very rare to meet a person like Ray who is humble approachable yet had so much going intellectually and spiritually,” Dr. Amos Brown said.
Taliaferro was reported missing by his wife on Nov. 10 in Kentucky while on a trip.
His body was found Sunday afternoon in a wooded area.
Taliaferro is said to have shown signs of dementia.
His son, Raphael Taliaferro Jr., shared:
“This is a devastating ending to our search for him over the past weeks. The family was in the process of working with the police to learn the matters surrounding his death.”
As the investigation, continues Taliaferro friends recognize him for his exemplary life.
“He was very much reflective strategic and courageous these are noble virtues if you are going to be on the cutting edge of justice,” Dr. Amos Brown said.
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