Robert F. Chew, best known as The Wire‘s Proposition Joe, died Thursday of apparent heart failure in his sleep. He was 52.
A Baltimore actor and teacher, Chew spent five seasons playing the Eastside drug boss throughout the HBO drama. Chew also had roles in NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street and the HBO miniseries The Corner. Chew also taught and mentored young actors at Baltimore’s Arena Players.