Jessie Lawrence Ferguson dead: Boyz N The Hood star dies aged 77

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Jessie Lawrence Ferguson reportedly died unexpectedly at his home in Palmalde California, according to TMZ.

His son told the publication he found his dad in bed with the TV on but said he had been healthy in the days leading up to his death.

Jessie’s cause of death is not yet known.

The actor was born in The Bronx, New York and later moved to Chicago, Illnois in his teenage years.

 

His first major role was in Starchy and Hutch in 1979.

Jessie is best known for playing Officer Coffey in Boyz N The Hood.

The film, directed by John Singleton, also featured Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Regina King.

It was released in 1991 and the movie followed the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles.

Jessie’s character was famous for holding a gun to the throat of Trey Styles (played by Cuba).

He told him: “You think you’re tough? I could blow your head off right now. That’s why I took this job.”

Jessie also was well known for appearing in John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness and Sam Ramie’s Darkman.

Other credits include Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All, Star TrekL The Next Generation and All Night Long.

One person paid tribute on Twitter said: “RIP to Jessie Lawrence Ferguson. He gave us one of the most memorable scenes in Boyz n the Hood.

“Dope actor. Gave an accurate representation of dirty cops who racially profile for white cops in that movie too. I have more info on his passing on @HipHopVibe1.”

Another commented: “R.I.P. former actor Jessie Lawrence Ferguson.”

A third said: “R.I.P. Jessie Lawrence Ferguson!”

Jessie’s death comes after Boyz N The Hood director, John Singleton, 51, suffered a stroke.

The director has been in a coma in ICU for the past 10 days.

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