Saturday, January 19, 2013

Robert Chew Dies

According to The Baltimore Sun, Robert F. Chew, best known for his role on the hit HBO show "The Wire", has passed away from heart failure. He was 52.

sister Clarise Chew revealed to the paper that Chew, who portrayed Proposition Joe on the cable show, died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Baltimore.

Chew's former co-star Michael Kenneth Wiliams tweeted a message on Thursday saying: "R.I.P. to the talented Mr Robert Chew." The message was retweeted almost 1,000 times and was met by shock and grief from friends and pals.

"I didn't want to believe this #RIP Robert F Chew," The Wire's Jamie Hector wrote on Twitter. "Prop Joe will always be remembered Robert Chew will always be loved and missed!"

The show's creator, David Simon, sent a lengthy email to The Baltimore Sun praising Chew's work as an actor and his dedication to his community.

"Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore," wrote David Simon. "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."

It  has to be mentioned that Chew, a member of the local Arena Players theater troupe, mentored children and aspiring actors, and even facilitated bringing a group of 22 young actors to play students on The Wire's fourth season.

R.I.P Robert Chew

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