Richard Roundtree dead: Shaft star dies at 81

Richard Roundtree dead: Shaft star dies at 81

Richard Roundtree, a trail­blaz­ing actor known for his work in Shaft and Roots, has died at the age of 81.
Roundtree died Tues­day from pan­cre­at­ic can­cer at his home in Los Ange­les, sur­round­ed by fam­i­ly. The actor’s agency said it was mourn­ing the loss of its friend and client.
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Richard Roundtree attends the pre­miere of “Shaft,” at AMC Lin­coln Square, Mon­day, June 10, 2019, in New York. (Pho­to by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Charles Sykes/Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

“His trail­blaz­ing career changed the face of enter­tain­ment around the globe and his endur­ing lega­cy will be felt for gen­er­a­tions to come,” it told Peo­ple. “Our hearts are with his fam­i­ly and loved ones dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”
Star actors took to social media to pay homage to the act­ing leg­end, not­ing his pos­i­tive ener­gy and impact as a black artist.
“Work­ing with Richard Roundtree was a dream. Get­ting to hang with hi …