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Former Baltimore gangster and "The Wire" inspiration dies in jail

Former Baltimore gangster and "The Wire" inspiration dies in jail

CNN - By Juliet Perry, CNN

(CNN) — Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale, the inspiration behind the show "The Wire," has died in a federal prison. He was 54. Barksdale passed away from natural causes after being sick for a period of time, a spokesperson for the Baltimore City Health Department, Sean Naron, told CNN. Barksdale was a …

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