Veteran actor Bill Nunn, most famous for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated film “Do The Right Thing,” has died. According to Nunn’s wife Donna, he lost a battle to cancer on Saturday in their Pittsburgh home, reports The Associated Press. Nunn was 63-years-old.

Lee took to Instagram to express condolences for Nunn, who also starred in several of his other films, including “He Got Game,” Mo’ Better Blues,” and “School Daze.” 

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,” Lee Tweeted with a picture of Raheem. “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,” Lee wrote.


Lee also posted another pic, writing, “Love Raheem” and “Bill Nunn Rest In Power” written on it. After a long note about his friend, he wrote, “Raheem I love you bruh…

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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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The son of Pittsburgh Steelers football scout of the same name Bill Nunn, Nunn Jr. graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia before breaking into film in the late 1980s, first being cast in Lee’s School Daze, USA Today noted. During his career, Nunn also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including “New Jack City,” Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy and USA’s “Sirens.”

A number of Black celebrities also grieved the loss:

Rest In Power, Bill Nunn; you will be missed.

SOURCE: The Associated Press | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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