Martial Arts Actor Jim Kelly Dies at 67

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Martial Arists Jim Kelly rose to fame in 1970s when he starred opposite Bruce Lee and John Saxon in Enter the Dragon. In his brief but successful film career, Kelly also appeared in films like Melinda, Black Belt Jones, Three the Hard Way, and Black Samurai. On Saturday, June 29, the 67-year-old actor died of cancer, CNN reports. 

In his later years, Kelly spoofed Bruce Lee’s Game of Death in a Nike commercial with Lebron James. He was also a professional tennis player on the USTA Senior Men’s Circuit.

The news of Jim Kelly’s passing surfaced on Sunday when the following message was posted on his Facebook page: “It is with sadness and regret that we must announce the passing of a great man and legend Jim Kelly. He will be deeply missed by all. Jim had great love for his family, friends, tennis and martial arts. We are devastated by Jim’s passing but through faith and support from family, friends and fans-we are comforted, blessed and will remain strong. He was survived by his lifetime partner of 33 years and wife.”

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