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R.I.P. Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem actor has died at 62

on September 24, 2016, 3:54pm

Bill Nunn, the actor best known for playing Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, has died.

Lee broke the news of Nunn’s death on Instagram, writing, “My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN.”

The cause of Nunn’s death has not yet been revealed. He was 62 years old.

Nunn was a frequent collaborator of Lee. His first acting role came in the director’s 1988 film School Daze. The following year, he was cast as the Public Enemy-loving Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing. In the subsequent years, he also appeared in Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues and He Got Game. His filmography also included roles in New Jack City, Sister Act, and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, for which he portrayed Robbie Robertson.

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