Julian Bond, Civil Rights Leader, Dies at Age 75 After Brief Illness: Details

Julian Bond
Noted civil rights leader Julian Bond died at age 75 on Aug. 15.  Jim Spellman/WireImage

Noted civil rights leader Julian Bond died on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the age of 75, his family confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. One of the founding members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, Bond passed away in his Fort Walton Beach, Fla. vacation home after suffering a brief illness. 

He played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement, and was even portrayed in the 2014 Oscar-nominated film Selma. Bond also hosted Saturday Night Live in its second season, appearing in several skits including one called "Black Perspective," narrated several documentaries including 1987's Eye on the Prize, and appeared in Richard Pryor's film Greased Lighting

After Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, the House voted not to seat him due to his opposition of the Vietnam War. But he sued and the Supreme Court ruled in 1966 that he had to be seated in a case that made him famous. He also served in the Georgia Senate for 12 years. 

Bond was chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2010. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, his brother and sister, James and Jane Bond, and his five children from his first wife, Alicia Bond Phyllis, Horace, Michael, Jeffrey, and Julia

After news of his death broke, several stars reached out to extend their condolences on social media. 

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