Malieek Straughter, an American actor and rapper, sadly passed away on September 19, 2023, due to lung cancer. He was the sibling of the late rapper Coolio, who tragically passed away in September 2022 due to a cardiac arrest. Malieek Straughter had been an integral part of Coolio’s original group, ’40 Thevz,’ from 1992 to 1998. In addition to his musical career, he showcased his versatile talents in numerous movies and TV series, including notable works like The Italian Job, A Man Apart, Friday After Next, Prison Break, and Unsolved.
Beyond his acting and music endeavors, Malieek was a multifaceted artist who also excelled in writing, directing, and producing his own projects. He leaves behind a legacy of four children and a multitude of friends who will remember him for his kindness, generosity, and remarkable talent.
Some key highlights from Malieek Straughter life and career include:
- He graduated with honors from The Los Angeles Film School, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Directing and Writing.
- Collaborations with renowned directors and actors such as F. Gary Gray, Spike Lee, Brett Ratner, Anthony Hemingway, and Vin Diesel.
- Creation, direction, and production of his own projects, including “The Last Ride” (2019), a poignant short film depicting the bond between a father and son; “The Reunion” (2020), a feature film chronicling the reunion of four friends after two decades; and “The Come Up” (2021), a web series delving into the aspirations of young rappers in Los Angeles.
- Memorable acting roles in various films and TV series, including portraying Left Ear in “The Italian Job” (2003), Malosi in “A Man Apart” (2003), Officer Dwayne in “Friday After Next” (2002), C-Note’s Cousin in “Prison Break” (2005), and Biggie Smalls in “Unsolved” (2018).
Malieek Straughter was born on October 12, 1971, which means he was 51 years old at the time of his passing. His contributions to the world of entertainment and his enduring legacy will be cherished and remembered by many.
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