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Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 62

Spike Lee confirmed the news via his social media accounts and paid tribute to his dear friend.

Do The Right THing Bill Nunn

Bill Nunn, the actor known for portraying Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do The Right Thing” has died. The actor passed away on Saturday morning in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He was 62.

His death was confirmed by Lee, who shared the unfortunate news on his social media accounts. No additional information is known about his cause of death.

“Radio Raheem is now resting in power. Radio Raheem will always be fighting da powers dat be,” the filmmaker wrote on Instagram. “May God watch over Bill Nunn.” Lee also paid tribute to his friend by quoting Radio Raheem’s monologue in a separate post, “Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil.”

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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Nunn made his feature film debut in Lee’s “School Daze.” He then went on to work with the director on “Mo’ Better Blues” and “He Got Game.” The actor was also known for portraying Joseph “Robbie” Robertson in the “Spider-Man” trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, and was part of the films “Won’t Back Down” and “Idlewild.” He most recently was seen as Cash in the series “Sirens.”

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