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Drugpin Melvin Williams, Inspiration Behind HBO’s ‘The Wire’, Dead At 73

Dec 4, 2015 at 11:53 am |

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Today is a sad day for fans of the critically acclaimed HBO show, The Wire. Notorious drug lord, Melvin Williams — who served as the inspiration for the drug-laden show — died at the age of 73. Show creator, David Simon announced the death of Williams via Twitter.

According to Mashable, Simon followed Williams’ life and featured him as part of a five-part series he orchestrated in 1987. Afterwards,  Simon pieced together the timeless show The Wire, which lasted from 2002-2008.

As for Williams, he was released from prison in 1996 and left the life of crime alone. Rest in peace, Melvin Williams. Please make sure to SHARE with your friends.


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