Robert F. Chew best known to us as Proposition Joe on HBO’s hit show The Wire was found dead in his apartment in Baltimore. Robert was 52 years old.
According to the coroner in Baltimore, Chew died of cardiovascular disease. “Morbid obesity” was listed as a contributing factor.
Chew had very little acting experience before “The Wire” or after. He was on the cult HBO show — which took place in Baltimore — for five seasons.
David Simon, the show’s creator had this to say,
“Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore. He could have gone to New York or Los Angeles and commanded a lot more work, but he loved the city as his home and chose to remain here working. He understood so much about his craft that it was no surprise at all that we would go to him to coach our young actors in season four. He was the conduit through which they internalized their remarkable performances.
Robert’s depiction of Proposition Joe was so fixed and complete — from the very earliest scenes — that the writers took for granted that anything we sent him would be finely executed.”
His fellow cast member, who played Marlo on the show, tweeted this afternoon,
“I didn’t want to believe this #RIP Robert F Chew, Prop Joe will always be remembered Robert Chew will always be loved and missed!”
Mjj says, May his soul R.I.P.and may God bring comfort to his family, friends, and fans.
Aaron Swartz was 26 years old when he departed this life from an apparent suicide. Aaron was a visionary at a young age. A digital activist and a co founder of Reddit and Demand Progress, an online activist group whose mission statement was “win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing, and grassroots lobbying.”
“The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” confirmed Swartz’ attorney, Elliot R. Peters of Kecker and Van Nest, in an email to The Tech.
Swartz was indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly downloading millions of documents from JSTOR through the MIT network — using a laptop hidden in a basement network closet in MIT’s Building 16 — with the intent to distribute them. Swartz subsequently moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he then worked for Avaaz Foundation, a nonprofit “global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.” Swartz appeared in court on Sept. 24, 2012 and pleaded not guilty.
The accomplished Swartz co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, founded Infogami which later merged with the popular social news site reddit, and completed a fellowship at Harvard’s Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption. In 2010, he founded DemandProgress.org, a “campaign against the Internet censorship bills SOPA/PIPA.”
Mjj says, May his soul rest in peace, and may God bring comfort to his family, friends, and fans.
Sad news to report in the hip-hop community. A$AP Rocky‘s father passed away. The Harlem rhyme-spitter confirmed the sad news on his Twitter feed today (Dec. 26) with a picture of his late dad.
“R.I.P DAD , UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. SEE MY DADDY IN HEAVEN , HE BE DA REALIST G” TTTL,” he solemnly tweeted (spotted by Global Grind).
No word on how Rocky’s father died, but this isn’t the first time Rocky had to grieve over an untimely death in the family. The 24-year-old rapper lost his older brother to the street life when he was about 13 years old.
In an interview with Vice, Rocky explained how his father influenced his unique fashion style. “Well, my dad is from Barbados. He was a clean cut kind of a guy, especially in the way he dressed,” he told the website. “I just took the advice he gave me and I ran with it. He told me to always be yourself and always feel comfortable with whatever decision you make because you chose to do it. Just because something doesn’t fit in doesn’t mean it’s not right.”
Upon hearing the news of Rocky’s father passing, Rihanna went on Twitter and tweeted out her sympathy to his family. “My most sincere condolences bro #BajanBlood,” she wrote on her timeline. As you know, the two will be hitting the road together in March on the Diamonds World Tour.
A$AP Rocky is survived by his mother and young sister. We send our condolences to Rocky’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Mjj says, May his father’s soul R.I.P., and God bring comfort to A$ap, his family and friends.
An unthinkable tragedy has struck an elementary school in Connecticut leaving 27 dead 18 of the 27 were kids and the count is still accumulating. The details of what happened are still unfolding, gun activity has ceased and one gunman was shot and killed leaving another shooter at large.
More than two dozen people, mostly elementary school children, were shot and killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school this morning, federal and state sources tell ABC News.
The massacre involved two gunmen at a Connecticut school this morning, prompting the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and draw SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today.
State Police confirm that one shooter is dead. A second gunman is apparently at large. Car-to-car searches are underway.
It’s unclear how many people have been shot, but 25 people, mostly children are dead, multiple federal and state sources tell ABC News. That number could rise, officials said.
It is the worst shooting in a U.S. elementary school in recent memory.
The shooting comes just three days after masked gunman Jacob Roberts opened fire in a busy Portland, Ore., mall killing two before turning the gun on himself.
Today’s shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 12 miles east of Danbury.
State Police received the first 911 call at 9:41a.m. and immediately began sending emergency units from the western part of the state. Initial 911 calls stated that multiple students were trapped in a classroom, possibly with a gunman, according to a Connecticut State Police source.
While some students have been reunited with their parents on the school’s perimeter, one group of students remains unaccounted for, according to a source with a child in the school.
The school is kindergarten through fourth grade and has about 450 students.
Mjj, My heart goes out to the kids, teachers, and parents.
R.I.P. to the innocent lives that were snatched away today. May God comfort their souls
Sad News Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher commits suicide after he took the life of his girlfriend this morning. Details surrounding the fatal shootings are still sketchy. Jovan and his girlfriend just welcomed home their first child 3 months earlier, and neighbors heard the couple having a loud conversation minutes prior to the shootings.
According to Tmz Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend early this morning, then drove to the team facility and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, this according to the Kansas City Police Department.
Police Capt. David Lindaman says that Belcher and his girlfriend — who had just given birth to the couple’s child three months earlier — began arguing around 7:00 AM local time.
Lindaman says Belcher shot the woman multiple times and she was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police says the girlfriend’s mother witnessed the shooting.
Police say Belcher left the scene and drove to the stadium where he was confronted by team personnel, including GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel. According to police, they tried to keep Belcher from committing additional acts of violence.
Just as police arrived on the scene, they heard a gunshot and discovered Belcher had shot himself in the head. Cops say before firing the shot, Belcher thanked Pioli and Crennel for all they had done for him.
The coaches told police they never felt as if they were in danger.
Belcher had been with the Chiefs for four seasons after being undrafted out of the University of Maine.
The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers tomorrow. So far, the NFL has said that game will be played as scheduled.
Kansas City Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt released a statement saying, “The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted.”
Mjj says, May their souls rest in peace and may God be with their families.
Natina Reed was laid to rest today at Abundant Life Church in Lithonia Ga. She was victim of a fatal car accident on October 26.
Reed was 32 years old, and a member of the 90′s group Blaque who was in motion to making a comeback. Reed’s funeral expenses have been graciously paid for by her 10 year old son’s father, rapper Kurrupt.
According to Tmz Natina Reed’s funeral is being held today in her hometown — and TMZ has learned that rapper Kurupt, the father of her son, is covering all the expenses.
Reed — who passed away on October 26 after she was struck by a car — is being laid to rest at the Abundant Life Church in Lithonia, GA.
According to our sources, Kurupt — the father of Reed’s 10-year-old son Tren — is footing the bill for service as well as for the gathering after.
We’re told Tren will remain in Kurupt’s custody — like he has for the past four years — and that Kurupt hopes Tren will maintain a close relationship with Reed’s family.
Chilli and T-Boz from TLC, rappers Big Boi, Daz and Snoop Dogg are all expected to be in attendance today … as well as members of Reed’s R&B group, Blaque.
Mjj says, This is a very sad day, and my heart goes out to her family who will bear this heavy burden for a very long time. Natina Reed rest in peace and may God bring comfort to her family.
Natina Reed, member of 90′s R&B girl group Blaque, was killed in a hit-and-run accident as she walked across a street in Atlanta, GA, last night, October 26, according to a number of notable Atlanta figures.
Natina, a protege of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, was the rapper in Blaque, whose most famous song was “808.” She is survived by her 10 year old son Tren Brown, whose father is rapper Kurupt.
The femcee also starred in the hit movie Bring It On alongside Gabrielle Union.
Tomorrow would have been her 33rd birthday. Our prayers and condolences are with the Reed family.
Mjj say, May God comfort her soul, prayers goes out to her family, friends, and fans.