Comedic actor Sean Lampkin, who played Nipsey on the classic sitcom Martin, has passed away, reports Deadline. He was 54.
Lampkin played Nipsey, the proprietor of a local hangout spot named after himself where Martin, Gina (Tisha Campbell), Pam (Tichina Arnold), Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II), and Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) would hang out. His catchphrase known by Martin enthusiasts was “Well, alright.”
In addition to Martin, Lampkin also appeared in Life, Bad Boys II and Big Momma’s House. He also worked as Lawrence’s assistant on the set of several films including Nothing to Lose, Blue Streak, and Wild Hogs.
His friend Marsel Watts confirmed on March 8, 2023 that Lampkin’s passing, in a now-deleted post on Facebook.
“My friend, my last roommate for 10 years, a father and family man, my brother, skate buddy, business partner and trainer passed away this morning. RIP Sean Lampkin,” her statement read. “He was a black belt in karate too. He worked for Martin Lawrence for decades as his right-hand man. No Martin without Sean. When Sean would come by my house to get clothing that I sold him he’d have Martin in the car waiting. He’d be like Martin say hi to Marsel.”
Memnar Grayton, a screenwriter, also paid tribute to Lampkin, citing his love for everyone he met and his positive attitude.
“Sean gave us every morning the shining sun to lead his loved ones and friends down paths that are bright and clear of any danger. He gave us streams of love every day when we’re not feeling good, or we don’t seem to not want to do anything,” stated his Facebook post.
“But the thought of his loud laugh and adorable smile made you change any negative thoughts to positive ones,” Grayson added. “He’s that type of man,” Grayton continued, “He gave us his time and effort to situations that he had no clue [about], but [he] was there to support us for the cause. He gave us his emotions when any family or friend needed sympathy or empathy for their emotional situations.”
We at EBONY extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sean Lampkin.