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'America's Got Talent' Rocked By Death Of Mel B's Dad

| by David Bonner

Filming of "America's Got Talent" has been temporarily canceled following the death of judge Mel B's father.

Martin Brown died March 4 at age 63. The cause was Myeloma, reports TMZ. The singer, whose real name is Melanie Brown, joined the program as a judge in 2013, notes the New York Daily News.

The show is already short a host, after Nick Cannon quit in February. He reportedly decided to leave the show after learning that network executives were considering firing him over a joke he told during a recent stand-up special, in which he said that he couldn't speak freely on-air because it would "mess up the white money."

Cannon explained his decision in a lengthy Facebook post:

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I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn't have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property. There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity. I have loved hosting AMERICAS GOT TALENT for the last 8 seasons, watching talented, brave, and courageous Americans accomplish their dreams in front of millions has been nothing but a joy, and everyone has been a pleasure to work with but my soul won't allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices…. Most of us don't realize that there are 6 major corporations that control 90 percent of media in America and the amount of minority executives is dismal. With this being the case, true equality in our industry is impossible. There will always be a "do as I say" mentality that mirrors society's perception of women and minorities, and only a few will stand up against it. I proudly stand as one of those few, and will gladly take on whatever repercussions that come with it. I love art and entertainment too much to watch it be ruined by controlling corporations and big business. I believe It's our duty as artists to make a difference and create change even if it's one act at a time. Dr. King said it best, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."

Simon Cowell -- the show's creator and who also serves as a judge alongside Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B -- is considering several replacements for Cannon, including  Marlon Wayans, Tone Bell, and Brandon Mychal Smith, according to TMZ.

Sources: TMZ, New York Daily News (2), Nick cannon/Facebook / Photo credit: E M/Flickr

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