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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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Jay W.     

^^^ I see Windy thinks highly of mankind.

RIP Mr. Chew.

561 days ago
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Cirrus Unicus    

RIP Prop Joe. RIP The Wire for that matter. Great actor, great character, great show.

561 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

You had a good run my friend. R.I.P.

561 days ago
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Bilderberg1776    

Prop Joe was one of the characters that made the Wire interesting

561 days ago
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SashasOpinion    

That's sad! How unfortunate for him and his family. Obesity is no joke, people just don't realize that being heavy can really kill you. I love The WIre. He will always have a legacy with that show.

561 days ago
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Erin    

Dear TMZ writer,
Just because Mr. Chew did not have a slew of imdb credits does not mean he had very little acting experience. If you listen to the commentary on "The Wire" Dvds you will find that he taught acting to children in Baltimore for many years and was responsible for helping to find many of the children featured in the 4th and 5th seasons of the program. I believe a cursory google search would have provided this information. Journalism is truly dead.

561 days ago
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DaveT    

Robert RIP dude
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United States obesity rates:
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26.6% in 2007
33.8% in 2008
35.7% in 2010

"In 2010, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported higher numbers once more, counting 35.7% of American adults as obese, and 17% of American children"
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"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the prevalence of coronary heart disease **decreased** from 6.7% to 6.0% from 2006 to 2010"
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Results are in: The fatter we get, the less risk we have of heart disease ;)

561 days ago
8.

StarryStarryNight    

bless his soul and his family.

561 days ago
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judy jetson    

Let this be a lesson to everyone get off your fat ass and exericise.

561 days ago
10.

NameNotImportat    

"Joe, close your eyes."

561 days ago
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john johnson    

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!"

OK, SO WHY DID YOU "KILL" HIM FOR?....ON THE SHOW THAT IS,LOL

561 days ago
12.

spectator72    

R.I.P My condolence to family and friends .

561 days ago
13.

Sjango    

Never. Heard of em but rest in peace remember people it pays to be overly heavy eat right and exercise

561 days ago
14.

Woot    

Rest in peace, Prop Joe. :o(

561 days ago
15.

Rozi    

Skinny people die everyday too you dumb a$$e$!!!!!

561 days ago
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