Robert F. Chew, who is best known for his role as manipulative drug kingpin Proposition Joe on "The Wire", has passed away. His sister confirms that the actor died of apparent heart failure in his sleep at his home in Northeast Baltimore, Md., on Thursday, January 17. He was 52.
David Simon, the creator of the HBO crime drama series, remembers Chew, "Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore." He additionally tells Baltimore Sun in an email, "He could have gone to New York or Los Angeles and commanded a lot more work, but he loved the city as his home and chose to remain here working."