Word comes today via Instagram (h/t AV Club) that Robert Chew -- better known to millions of rabid The Wire fans as Proposition Joe, an unflinchingly pragmatic drug dealer with a nephew named Cheese --has died at the age of 52.
Wire creator David Simon tells his old paper, the Baltimore Sun:
It's no secret around here that we're huge fans of HBO's THE WIRE. And thanks to Harvard University, we've had a chance to see the creators and actors up close: back in 2008, we brought you video of series creator DAVID SIMON showing up at the Kennedy School. And in 2009, we brought you the only recording of the time KIMA, BUBBLES, and OMAR showed up to rub elbows with WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON