Sean Lampkin, an actor best known for his role as bar owner Nipsey in the 1990s sitcom Martindied at the age of 54.
Marsel Watts, a friend of the actor, announced the news on Facebook last Wednesday. “My friend, last roommate for 10 years, father and family man, brother, skate buddy, business partner and trainer passed away this morning. RIP Sean Lampkin,” she wrote.
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“BKA as Nipsey the bartender on Martin, Pest control man in Bad Boys, the taxi driver in House of Grandmothers and the shooter Lifeshe added, listing several of her famous roles. “He was also a black belt in karate. He worked for Martin Lawrence for decades as a right-hand man. No Martin without Sean.
Memnar Grayton later shared that the comedic talent died in his sleep.
“Sean gave us bright sunshine every morning to lead his loved ones and friends on clear paths free from danger. He gave us streams of love every day when we were not feeling well or don’t seem to want to do anything,” he wrote, according to Essence.
“But the thought of his loud laugh and adorable smile made you turn all negative thoughts into positive ones,” Grayton added. “He’s that kind of man. He gave us his time and effort in situations he had no idea about, but he was there to support us for the cause. He gave us his emotions when a family or friend needed sympathy or empathy for their emotional situations.
Stand-up Guy Torry also paid tribute to Lampkin, sharing an Instagram carousel of photos of the two hanging comics with peers such as Dave Chappelle.
“Rest in POWER brother!” My man #SeanLampkin has been called home. #MartinShow #Nipseys What a funny and GOOD underrated guy,” Torry wrote.
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