CINCINNATI -- He was a beloved local businessman, barber and stylist, serving celebrities from Cincinnati Bengals players to Bill Bellamy to 50 Cent.
Ladevan Johnson was owner of Incredible Creations salon in Over-the-Rhine. The 43-year-old died Saturday night after police said he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a pole and tree.
Those who knew him called him a visionary, inspiring and incredibly talented.
Johnson was the personal stylist for actor and comedian Gary Owen, a Cincinnati native who starred in “Daddy Day Care” and has been featured on BET.
"He convinced me to wear a bow tie at the Soul Train Awards one time,” Owen said. “I was like -- a bow tie? I put the bow tie on, and he flew out to Vegas with us and I got more compliments on that suit and that bow tie … I said, 'OK, this is my guy.' "
Tough one today. My boy @devanrmoni passed away in a motorcycle accident. He was just at my house a few hours earlier bringing me some clothes. This was his last IG post. As you can see he was one of the most positive ppl I ever met. Never and I mean never said a bad word about anybody. Gonna miss this dude. #CincinnatiLostAGoodOne #Family
In addition to working as a personal stylist, Johnson was also the official barber of the Cincinnati Bengals.
— Gary Owen (@garyowencomedy) September 25, 2016
Former Bengals player and Taft High School Football Coach Mike Martin said Johnson once gave a haircut to a student athlete who couldn’t afford one.
"He said, ‘Everyone needs to help out when we can, and this is what I do so I will take care of it.’ That was the kind of guy he was," Martin said.
Johnson's family has a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.