According to this article in from the Chicago Tribune, actor Jim Kelly passed away in his home Saturday night of cancer. The death was apparently reported to the public by his wife via his Facebook page. Mr. Kelly was probably best known to the general public for his role in the 1973 Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon, but he also starred in a great number of movies in his own right, and the good folks over at The Daily Grindhouse have put together a terrific collection of trailers for those films, so rather than write what would certainly be a less-than-adequate tribute to the man, I think it’s better to just let his work speak for itself. I really suggest if you’re a fan of either the blaxspoitation or martial arts genre that you go check it out.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Kelly, you were one of the greats.
- RIP Grandmaster Jim Kelly..One of the Martial Arts Iconic Figures Has Passed (hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com)