Do the Right Thing's Bill Nunn, aka Radio Raheem, Dead at 62

Bill Nunn, best known for his role as Radio Raheem in the Spike Lee joint Do the Right Thing, died on Saturday at the age of 62.

Lee declared via social media that Nunn — who passed away in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. — is now “resting in power.” No cause of death has been reported.


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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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Nunn was best known to TV audiences for his work on USA Network’s Sirens and ABC’s The Job, both of which hailed from Rescue Me‘s Denis Leary. His feature film credits also included Lee’s School Daze, Mo’ Better Blues and He Got Game, as well as Sister Act and the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy. He is survived by his wife and two children.