Richard Roundtree Kicks the Bucket at 81.

Richard Roundtree who played the role of Detective John Shaft in the Shaft film franchise has died.

His manager Patrick McMinn disclosed the black actor died at home in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon with his family by his side.

Shaft Star Actor '' Richard Roundtree Dies at 81
FILE (Celeste Sloman/The New York Times)

Richard Roundtree demise comes after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was Born on 9 July, 1942 in New Rochelle, New York, and began his acting career in the early 1960s.

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