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Actor Ji-Tu Cumbuka, known for his roles in the movies Roots, Brewster’s Millions and Harlem Nights has died at 2:40 a.m. ET in Atlanta, Ga.

His Niece Amber Holifiled wrote on Facebook about one of the last conversations she has with her Uncle a week before his passing.

Cumbuka appeared as slave Wrestler in Alex Haley’s Emmy-winning TV miniseries “Roots,” as well as several movies with Richard Pryor, including “Harlem Nights,” “Moving” and “Brewster’s Millions.”


In 1973, he played former NBA guard Oscar Robertson in “Maurie,” the biodrama about the life of Maurice Stokes.

In 2011, Cumbuka published his autobiography, “A Giant to Remember: The Black Actor in Hollywood.”

His name in Swahili translates to the book’s title: “Ji-Tu” means “giant” and “Cumbuka” means “to remember.”

Donations can be made to the actor’s Help Somebody Foundation Ministries, which he founded to provide services to underserved people through education and ministry.

Rest In Heaven Black Prince.


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