Melvin Williams, Drug Kingpin Who Inspired The Wire, Dies at 73

December 4, 2015 4:59 PM

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Melvin Williams, Drug Kingpin Who Inspired The Wire, Dies at 73

The reformed gangster became an anti-drug advocate in later years.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Melvin Williams, the former drug trafficker who both inspired and acted in HBO's The Wire, has died. He was 73.

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