On 7/4/17, we lost veteran actor Ji Tu Cumbuka to causes not yet determined. Cumbuka, whose acting credits date back to 1968's Uptight (starring actor/ screenwriter Max Julian), make a remarkable presence on the stage, television, and the silver screen. Update: It's been reported that he was suffering from a number of ailments, including vascular disease.
While major mediums mention Roots and Harlem Nights as his most notable roles, blaxploitation movie fans remember him as Skillet from 1972's Blacula. With Cumbuka's stand out, gap-toothed smile, he was THAT dude in the club. Rest in heaven bro.