Lamont Washington Dies at 24; Actor Had Played Hud in Hair
New York Times - August 26, 1968

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Lamont Washington, one of the lead performers in Hair, the Broadway folk-rock musical, died yesterday from injuries suffered Aug. 10 in a fire in his apartment.  He was 24 years old.

Mr. Washington had suffered burns over at least 50 per cent of his body as well as internal injuries when he jumped two floors from a window of the apartment at 396 West 15th Street to the roof of a one-story adjacent building.  The blaze apparently broke out in a mattress in his bedroom where he was sleeping.  He dies in St. Vincent;s Hospital.

For more than 100 performances at the Biltmore Theatre on West 47th Street, Mr. Washington had played the role of Hud in Hair.

In ther Broadway cast recording of Hair, he and Melba Moore were described by John S. Wilson in a review in the New York Times as "two strong fresh voices", bringing "vitality and a sure knowledge of the soul approach to everything they sing."

Frederick O'Neal, president of Actor's Equity Association, said yesterday that "Mr. Washington had one of the greatest potentials for the musical theater I'd seen in a long time."

Mr. Washington, who was born in New York, understudied Sammy Davis, Jr. during the long Broadway run of the musical Golden Boy and went on for the star several times in 1965 when Mr. davis was out because of injuries suffered on the stage.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Washington, and two sisters.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11:30 A.M. at Frank E. Campbell's, Madison Avenue and 81st Street.

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