Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, the actor known for playing the dirty cop in Boyz n the Hood, reportedly passed away on Friday.
Ferguson had several influential roles throughout his long career, including that of Offer Coffey in John Singleton’s iconic Boyz n the Hood. His son, Jace, told reporters from TMZ that he passed away in his home in Palmdale, California on Friday night.
“He was a strong, beautiful intelligent black man and he wanted the best for his son and all people,” Jace told reporters.
Authorities said that Ferguson had a natural death, and there is no suspicion of foul play. The details are still unclear, however. Ferguson was born in New York City in 1941, and began his acting career in 1979. He retired from the industry in the late 1990s. He was 77 years old at the time of his death.
For today’s generation, Ferguson may be best remembered from Boyz n the Hood, where he played the menacing Officer Coffey. In one infamous scene, he put a gun to a young man’s throat, delivering a sinister monologue about police brutality.
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SOURCE: Michael Hein