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Baltimore drug kingpin who inspired characters on 'The Wire' has died

February 17, 2016 - Uncategorized

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BALTIMORE — A Baltimore drug kingpin who inspired characters on HBO’s “The Wire” has died while serving a term in federal prison in North Carolina.

Baltimore Health Department spokesman Sean Naron confirmed on Tuesday that 54-year-old Nathan Barksdale died in a medical prison in Butner. Naron did not know exactly when Barksdale died, or how. The death was first reported in The Baltimore Sun.

Barksdale ran a heroin-dealing operation in Baltimore in the 1980s, and served 15 years in state prison on a battery charge. “The Wire” creator David Simon has said Barksdale served as inspiration for aspects of some of the show’s characters. Read more…

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