Recognized for his role as Nipsey on the ’90s sitcom Martin, a staple in Black households, actor Sean Lampkin died on March 8. He was 54 years old.
His friend and former roommate, Marsel Watts, confirmed Lampkin’s death on Facebook.
“My friend, my last roommate for 10 years, a father and family man, my brother, skate buddy, business partner, and trainer passed away this morning. RIP Sean Lampkin,” Watt’s post read.
According to a post from Memnar Grayton, Lampkin’s cousin, he died in his sleep at home.
“My cousin, Elmore Sean Lampkin was a GIVER OF LIFE. He always gave to anyone in need, his time, his effort, his emotions, his knowledge, and his love,” Grayton wrote. “Sean gave us every morning the shining sun to lead his loved ones and friends down paths that are bright and clear of any danger. He gave us streams of love every day when we’re not feeling good, or we don’t seem to not want to do anything. But the thought of his loud laugh and adorable smile made you change any negative thoughts to positive ones.”
He continued, “He’s that type of man. He gave us his time and effort to situations that he had no clue of, but was there to support us for the cause. He gave us his emotions when any family or friend needed sympathy or empathy for their emotional situations.”
Grayton concluded, “Sean not only touched lives here in the United States and in the entertainment industry, but he also touched lives around the globe.”
In addition to acting in Martin, Lampkin had roles in Life (Eddie Murphy and Bernie Mac), Big Momma’s House and Big Momma’s House 2 (Martin Lawrence) and Bad Boys II (Martin Lawrence and Will Smith).
R.I.P Sean Lampkin AKA Nipsey ❤️❤️❤️🥺🥺🥺 pic.twitter.com/wa8bt9dHui
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