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Robert Guillaume, best known for his role in the 1980’s television show Benson, has died.

Robert passed away today at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with prostate cancer.

In addition to his acting career, he was also the voice of Rafiki on Disney’s The Lion King and the first African-American to play to play the lead character in Phantom of the Opera.

He is survived by his second wife, TV producer Donna Brown Guillaume; a son and three daughters.

Guillaume was 89 years old.

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