The entertainment world is in mourning following the passing of Richard Roundtree, a true legend in the film industry.
The actor, best known for his iconic role as detective John Shaft in the groundbreaking 1971 film “Shaft,” lost his battle with pancreatic cancer (cause of death) at the age of 81.
His manager, Patrick McMinn, confirmed his passing to the public, revealing that the actor died in Los Angeles (LA).
In a statement to the media McMinn said:
“I’m very sad to report that our client Richard Roundtree passed away this afternoon after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. His family was with him at his bedside.
“Artists & Representatives Agency mourns the loss of our friend and client Richard Roundtree. His trailblazing career changed the face of entertainment around the globe and his enduring legacy will be felt for generations to come. Our hearts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time,” McMinn concluded.
Richard Roundtree had an interesting career path, starting as a model in his early 20s before joining a black theatre company and eventually landing the role of Shaft at the age of 28.
He also made notable appearances in “Roots” in 1977, a landmark miniseries based on the US slavery era, and the soap opera “Generations” from 1989 to 1991.
He had two marriages during his lifetime and is survived by four daughters and a son. His contributions to the entertainment world will be remembered and celebrated.
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