Bored? Broke? 👉 Savvy Saver

‘Rest in Power’ Radio Raheem

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

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.

Sound familiar?

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.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.