He was 62

By Blake Bakkila
Updated September 24, 2016 04:45 PM
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Credit: Keith Srakocic/AP

Bill Nunn, best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee‘s Do The Right Thing has died. He was 62.

Lee took to Instagram several times on Saturday to share his condolences and love for his friend.

“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,” he captioned an old photo of Nunn. “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.”

In another post, Lee showed an image with “Love Raheem” and “Bill Nunn Rest In Power” written on it. After a long note about his friend, he wrote, “Raheem I love you bruh…”

Lee posted an additional photo of the shoes Nunn wore in his iconic portrayal of Radio Raheem. Lee’s groundbreaking film celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Nunn had his film debut in Lee’s 1988 musical-comedy School Daze and had roles in the director’s films Mo’ Better Blues and He Got Game.

In 2007, the American Film Institute voted Do The Right Thing the No. 96 Greatest Movie of All Time, the first time it was included on the list. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama even saw the movie on their first date.