Bill Nunn, Best Known For His Role Of Radio Raheem In ‘Do The Right Thing,’ Has Died At Age 62

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09.24.16 3 Comments

Actor Bill Nunn has passed away at age 62.

Best known for his incredible work in the role of Radio Raheem in the Spike Lee classic Do The Right Thing, Nunn’s career featured a diverse assortment of roles that ranged from New Jack City to Canadian Bacon to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. He also was recognizable on the small screen thanks to gigs like the USA series Sirens.

Spike Lee, who directed Nunn in a number of his motion pictures, shared the news of the actor’s death on Instagram.

“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,” wrote Lee in response to Nunn’s passing. “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.”

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Radio Raheem. Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It's a tale of good and evil. Hate! It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love! These five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love is finished. But hold on, stop the presses the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that's right. Yea, Boom, it's a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he's down. Ooh! Ooh! Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love. If I love you, I love you. But if I hate you…Mookie: there it is, Love and Hate. Raheem I love you bruh…

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Understandably, Lee has been far from the only person to express their feelings over this loss.

A cause of death has not yet been revealed in regard to Nunn’s passing. Additional tributes, memories and reflections on Bill Nunn’s life are guaranteed to tumble out as the hours pass.

(Via Complex)

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