Mr. Don Barden, who is regarded as one of the foremost African-American entrepreneurs in the country, passed away at the age of 67 from a battle of lung cancer. His attorney Henry Baskin said that he passed away at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute where he had been getting treatment.
Don Barden had a productive career that spanned with more than 40 casinos, real estate development and the entertainment industry. A released statement by the Reverend Jesse Jackson goes like this “Don Barden served history well as a humanitarian, employer and trainer of people.”
There were many individuals who said wonderful, fantastic words of respect towards this fabulous man such as: L. Londell McMillan, Mayor Dave Bing, and U.S. Circuit Court Judge Damon Keith.
Another gentleman, Dr. Gerold Bepler, president and CEO of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, added “Mr. Barden’s strength, courage and determination in fighting cancer will not be forgotten. He is a source of inspiration and reminder of why we must remain relentless in our fight to eradicate cancer.”