Actor, dancer and choreographer Shabba-Doo died age 65 on 30 December, at his home. The cause of death is unknown. Who is he survived by? Did Shabba-Doo have a wife?

Shabba-Doo wife – was he married?

During the course of his life, Adolfo Quiñones married twice. His first marriage, with Gwendolyn Powell, lasted three years, from 1979 to 1982, whereas his second, with Lela Rochon, lasted five years, from 1982 to 1987.

Gwendolyn Powell, or Gwendolyn Powell Smith, danced with Shabba-Doo for the 1970s dance-television program Soul Train. However, beyond this clip of Powell as a dancer, very little information is available about her. 

Me and my former wife, Gwendolyn Powell Smith, going down the Soul Train line during the mid 1970s! Music editing compliments of @jaemarquis#soultrain #soultrainline #shabbadoo #thelockers #history #culture

Posted by Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quiñones on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

However, Quiñones’ second wife, Lela Rochon, has an active and successful acting career.  

Who is Lela Rochon?

Born in Los Angeles to a nurse practitioner and a graphic artist, Lela Rochon made her breakthrough as an actress in the 1995 drama film Waiting to Exhale

In the movie, she starred alongside Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine. Discussing her role on the talkshow Throwback, Rochon said she admired, and identified with, her character’s sense of heart.

Recently, most of Rochon’s acting work has been for US TV series. Notable examples include The Division, in which Rochon portrays Inspector Angela Reide.

She also had a recurring role in the CBS crime drama series Training Day – a follow-up to the 1991 film of the same name. 


Following a marriage of five years, Lela Rochon and Shabba-Doo divorced. Rochon went on to marry singer-songwriter Jackie Jackson from 1989 to 1991. Later, she married film director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). The couple have two children.

Shabba-Doo net worth, family

How much was Shabba-Doo worth? The value of his estate is unknown. While some sites estimate his net worth to be $200,000 at time of death, this is likely to be inaccurate.

The dance pioneer, a native of Chicago, Illinois, was of Puerto Rican and African American descent. From an early age, his mother raised him as a single parent.

Shabba-Doo’s younger sister, Fawn Quiñones, regularly featured alongside him on the program Soul Train.

Fawn posted a heartfelt tribute to her Instagram feed earlier today, describing her brother as a “true legend”.

Friends and colleagues have posted tributes to Shabba-Doo via Twitter, recognising his talents as a hiphop dancer.

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