DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Thalmus Rasulala (aged 51)
Actor (Blacula, One Life to Live)
Thalmus Rasulala (born Jack Crowder; November 15, 1939 – October 9, 1991) was an American actor with a long career in theater, television, and movies. Noted for starring roles in Blaxploitation films, he was also an original cast member of ABC’s soap opera One Life to Live from its premiere in 1968 until he left the show in 1970.
DEATH: Rasulala died on October 9, 1991, from a heart attack in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His last film role was as General Afir in Mom and Dad Save the World. He died shortly after completing his scenes, and the film, released a year after his death, is dedicated to his memory. He died two days before actor Redd Foxx, who also died of a heart attack and with whom he guest-starred on Sanford & Son. In the episode, he solicited funds for heart attack prevention and awareness.