One of the most iconic American films, the miniseries Roots, has passed away. Ji-Tu Cumbuka was 77.
His family has released a statement about his death. He passed away on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia. Cumbuka was born in Alabama and was named by his grandmother. His name is Swahili and Ji-Tu means “giant” and Cumbuka means “to remember.”
“In my Uncle Ji-Tu’s final days until his final moments he was surrounded with love and support!” said Holifield in her post (below). “It’s was a blessing for all of us to be together in his final hour, and not to mention we pretty much stayed at the hospital with him, and boy did he enjoy our company. The nurses, maybe a different story… lol. He stayed strong and just as sweet as he wanted to be the entire time and that I will never forget that!!” wrote his niece on Facebook.
“My uncle has taught me so much over the last few weeks alone about strength and dealing with things,” Holifield wrote. “After having both his legs amputated... I can't remember him complaining once," she also wrote.
Cumbuka went on to play a variety of roles in numerous Hollywood movies and television shows. He appeared in Ironside, Sanford and Son, Knight Rider, The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team, St. Elsewhere, The Six Million Dollar Man, Hunter, Matlock, Knots Landing, Walker Texas Ranger, and CSI, among others.
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