The Wire’s Inspiration Melvin Williams Dies at 73

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Baltimore drug kingpin Melvin Williams has died at the age of 73 after battling cancer. He was known as Little Melvin and was one of the first criminals profiled on the BET program American Gangster. Williams was later the inspiration for the character of Avon Barksdale on the HBO series The Wire. He served many years in prison for drug and gun convictions and recently opened up in 2012 about how he sold 1 billion dollars worth of illegal narcotics in his lifetime.

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