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Clarence Williams III, The Mod Squad and Purple Rain star, dies at 81 – 9TheFIX

Actor died of colon cancer

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Clarence Williams III, an actor known for portraying Linc Hayes on The Mod Squad and Prince’s father in Purple Rain, died on June 4. He was 81.
Williams’ management confirmed his death to Variety, citing the cause as colon cancer.
Linc Hayes (played by Clarence Williams III), Julie Barnes (Peggy Lipton) and Pete Cochran (Michael Cole) in The Mod Squad. (Walt Disney Television via Getty)
Williams broke through in 1968 as one of the stars of the counterculture cop show The Mod Squad, also starring…

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