18 January 2013 4:03 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Robert F. Chew, best known as The Wire‘s Proposition Joe, died Thursday of apparent heart failure in his sleep, The Baltimore Sun reports. He was 52.

Chew was a Baltimore actor and teacher who played the Eastside drug boss throughout the HBO drama’s five-season run.

His acting resume also included roles in NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street and the HBO miniseries The Corner. He most recently appeared in the forthcoming feature film Jamesy Boy.

Wire creator David Simon told the Sun Chew was “an exceptional actor” and “an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore. »


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