Death of Nipsey Russell

September 15, 1918 - October 2, 2005
New York, New York | Age 87

"Poet laureate of television" dies at 80
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As the "poet laureate of television,'' actor and comedian Nipsey Russell delivered his signature four-line verse during frequent guest appearances on TV game shows and talk shows.

His impromptu lines and witty quips quickly secured his place as one of the first blacks to be a regular panelist on the shows.

Russell died Sunday afternoon at Lenox Hill Hospital at age 80, said his longtime manager Joseph Rapp. He had been suffering from cancer.

Although widely known for...

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