PITTSBURGH, Sept. 26 (UPI) — Veteran actor Bill Nunn, who played a key role in Spike Lee‘s “Do the Right Thing” in 1989 and other films has died. He was 62.
Nunn, who played the character Radio Raheem in the movie, died in his hometown of Pittsburgh after a long battle with cancer.
Director Spike Lee, who also attended Morehouse College in Atlanta with Nunn, eulogized his longtime friend on Instagram. “Radio Raheem is now resting in power,” Lee said. “Radio Raheem will always be fighting da powers dat be. May God watch over Bill Nunn.”
Nunn was also featured in Lee’s “School Daze,” and in Sam Raimi‘s “Spider-Man” trilogy, “New Jack City,” “Sister Act” and most recently in USA Network’s “Sirens.”
Nunn’s character in “Do the Right Thing” is choked to death by police, setting off a riot in a Brooklyn neighborhood.