It's been reported that film and television actor Ji-Tu Cumbuka passed away last week at the age of 77. He was most well-known for his role as Wrestler in the 1970s miniseries Roots.
According to Deadline,
Holifield wrote, "I talk to my Uncle Ji-Tu last week after he spoke to his doctor and he told me wasn't going to be here much longer
Her message continued, "Most people know my Uncle from all the movies and TV shows he's played on... I mainly just knew him as Uncle Ji-Tu or Unc. My Uncle has taught me soo much over the last few weeks alone about strength and dealing with things. After having his both legs amputated a few different times I can't can't remember him
She then added, "In my Uncle Ji-Tu's final days until his final moments he was surrounded
Finally, she wrote, "I am so proud and blessed to be able to say that he is my uncle. Rest In Peace Uncle Ji-Tu you will always be loved and remembered!"
Cumbuka starred in numerous film and TV projects throughout the years, including Harlem Nights, with Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, and Bachelor Party.
In 2011, he published his autobiography, A Giant to Remember: The Black Actor in Hollywood.
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