Sean Lampkin, an actor best known for his role as bar owner Nipsey on the 1990s sitcom Martinhas died at the age of 54.
Marsel Watts, a friend of the actor, broke the news on Facebook last Wednesday. “My friend, my last roommate of 10 years, a father and family man, my brother, skate buddy, business partner and coach passed away this morning. RIP Sean Lampkin,” she wrote.
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“BKA like Nipsey the bartender on Martin, The pest control in Bad Boys, the taxi driver in Big Mama’s House and the shooter in Life” she added, listing several of his famous roles. “He was also a black belt in karate. He worked for Martin Lawrence for decades as his right-hand man. No Martin without Sean.”
Memnar Grayton later said that the comic talent died in his sleep.
“Sean gave us every morning the shining sun to lead his loved ones and friends down paths that are bright and clear of all danger. He gave us streams of love every day when we don’t feel well or we don’t look to want to do something,” he wrote, as per Essence.
“But the thought of his loud laugh and adorable smile made you change all negative thoughts to positive,” Grayton added. “He is that type of man. He gave us his time and effort for situations that he had no idea about, but was there to support us for the cause. He gave us his feelings when a family or friend needed sympathy or empathy for their emotional situations.”
Stand-up Guy Torry also honored Lampkin, sharing a carousel on Instagram of photos of the two comics hanging out with peers like Dave Chappelle.
“Rest in POWER brother! My husband #SeanLampkin has been called home. #MartinShow #Nipseys What an underrated funny and GOOD guy,” Torry wrote.
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