Nathan Barksdale


Age: 54

Baltimore drug kingpin who was the inspiration for aspects of some of the characters on HBO's The Wire when he ran a heroin-dealing operation in Baltimore in the 1980's and served 15 years in state prison on a battery charge, who worked with the antiviolence program Safe Streets run by the city's Health Department in recent years but who pleaded guilty in 2014 to participating in a drug conspiracy and was sentenced to four years.

Cause of Death: Undisclosed causes

Born: 1961

Died: February 13, 2016

Butner, North Carolina