Trailblazing filmmaker Van Peebles dies

By Jake Coyle
Updated September 22 2021 - 11:46pm, first published 11:42pm
US director, actor and screenwriter Melvin Van Peebles has died at the age of 89.

Melvin Van Peebles, the trailblazing filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work ushered in the "blaxploitation" wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89.

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