Screenshot courtesy of BBC | Richard Roundtree broke ground with his role of detective John Shaft in 1970s

Richard Roundtree: Shaft actor dies at 81

Richard Roundtree, a US actor best known for his starring role in the Shaft film franchise, has died aged 81.

He died at home in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon with his family by his side, his manager Patrick McMinn told The Hollywood Reporter.

His death comes after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

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