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Robert F. Chew

'Wire' Star Found Dead

in His Apartment

1/18/2013 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0118_robert_f_chew_hbo_articleRobert F. Chew -- best known for playing Proposition Joe on "The Wire" -- was found dead yesterday in his apartment in Baltimore ... TMZ has learned. 

According to the coroner in Baltimore, Chew died of cardiovascular disease. "Morbid obesity" was listed as a contributing factor.

Chew had very little acting experience before "The Wire" or after. He was on the cult HBO show -- which took place in Baltimore -- for five seasons. 

Jamie Hector, who played Marlo on the show, tweeted this afternoon, "I didn't want to believe this #RIP Robert F Chew, Prop Joe will always be remembered Robert Chew will always be loved and missed!"

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DaveT    

@ ROZI
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True, in fact more skinny people die from heart disease, strokes and diabetes than fat people do every year.
Billion dollar diet industry has made people so afraid of being "over"weight they can barely think for themselves anymore.

643 days ago
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madman-stephan    

Tiger Woods proposed to his ex-wife Elin! Where's THAT story?

643 days ago
18.

ron    

One of the best shows on tv EVER !!

643 days ago
19.

SeeSomethingSaySomething    

I thought that was E40.

643 days ago
20.

Truth    

YEA, WELL... WHEN YOU WEIGH 500 LBS WHAT DO YA THINK IS GONNA HAPPEN? OBESITY IS HELLUVA DRUG. #TRUTH!!

643 days ago
21.

skeyehi    

Jeez...why do you think its called MORBID obesity?

643 days ago
22.

Peter Popoff    

Sure it wasn't Chris and Snoop?

643 days ago
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dominic     

so im scrolling down tmz just lookin at the pics ya know just glancing at gossip n ****. and I'm like " WTF E-40 IS DEAD!!!" i start reading and its this dude. sad but atleast e40 is still alive i thought he got fatter or something

643 days ago
24.

kepo    

rip joe

643 days ago
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Sugazkatwalk    

Mr. Chew was very experienced, because he wasn't in every movie and television show does not mean that he didn't have much experience. Please get your facts straight. Mr. Chew was the best acting coach in the DMV and his work speaks for it's self. R.I.P Mr. Robert Chew, we will always love you!

643 days ago
26.

myopinion    

rip Robert!

643 days ago
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bitchfistcomics.com    

Prop Joe, no!

643 days ago
28.

KicksandGiggles    

Too bad these condolences couldn't have earlier in the form of encouragement for him to lose weight. I hope he received just as much support when he lived as folks paying attention to him now dead.

643 days ago
29.

buzz kill    

Well he finally found a diet he can stick with.

643 days ago
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buzz kill    

Did he have a chicken wing stuck in his throat?

643 days ago
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