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Donnie Andrews is not the kind of person you see on the corner every day.  He had something unique and special.  He was so special, in fact, that a character was created based on his life.  It also turned out that the tv personification of Andrews, named Omar, became one of the most popular characters on the show. The 58-year old gangster died of a heart attack, according to the Baltimore Sun.  He once made his living robbing drug dealers on the west side of Baltimore.  He went to prison for 18 months for murder and was paroled in 2005.  How someone gets just 18 months for murder, we have no idea. While serving his time, Andrews met a heroin addict by the name of Fran Boyd, who became the subject of the book The Corner, written by David Simon. Andrews says his character in The Wire was spot on in an interview with  Vice magazine . ”They made Omar exactly the way I was,” Andrews said. “David [Simon] wrote ‘The West Side Story’ [the initial Baltimore Sun article about Donnie] after my conviction in ’86 and they basically had everything down-pat. The gay part they took from a guy called Billy Outlaw, he was a gay stick-up guy.” After his jail sentence Andrews turned his life around and started a nonprofit organization called  “Why Murder?,”  offering counseling to gang members and inner-city children. SOURCE The post Man Who Inspired Omar from The Wire Dies at 58 appeared first on Black Like Moi .

Man Who Inspired Omar from The Wire Dies at 58

Donnie Andrews is not the kind of person you see on the corner every day.  He had something unique and special.  He was so special, in fact, that a character was created based on his life.  It also turned out that the tv personification of Andrews, named Omar, became one of the most popular characters on the show.

The 58-year old gangster died of a heart attack, according to the Baltimore Sun.  He once made his living robbing drug dealers on the west side of Baltimore.  He went to prison for 18 months for murder and was paroled in 2005.  How someone gets just 18 months for murder, we have no idea.

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  1. I don't think it was 18 months; it was 18 years. #factcheck

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