PITTSBURGH -- Who could forget Radio Raheem from "Do the Right Thing?" The iconic, peaceful boombox-toting character is one for the books.
But now, we say good-bye to the man who brought Radio Raheem to life. Bill Nunn passed away Saturday after a long battle with cancer.
Spike Lee paid tribute to his longtime friend in a touching Instagram post Saturday.
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My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN.
Bill Nunn's character in the 1989 blockbuster hit is the spirit of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In "Do the Right Thing," Radio Raheem is killed in a chokehold by NYPD officers, setting off riots.
Fast forward 25 years later to the Eric Garner chokehold death. After Garner's death, Spike Lee tweeted a video showing the eerie similarities in his fiction piece to this real-life tragedy.
As we "Fight the Power," we can all take a piece of advice from Radio Raheem to "Do the Right Thing" and love one another.
Rest in Power Radio Raheem.