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'Coronavirus S--t Is Real' According To 'SVU's Ice-T After Crew Member Josh Wallwork's Death

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By Adreon Patterson

Ice-T encouraged people to practice social distancing after he says two people that he knows died from the novel coronavirus.

In an Instagram post shared just hours after it was announced that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit costume designer Josh Wallwork had died of the virus, the actor spoke out about the personal impact that the global pandemic is having.

Since 2000, the rapper-actor has portrayed Sergeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on the NBC crime-drama spinoff series over 416 episodes.

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"We can use Humor to try and lighten the mood.. We can use social media to communicate with other people.. We can use the phone to talk to love ones.. Life must go on," Ice-T wrote on Instagram. "But make no mistake about it. This s— is serious. Stay safe. I personally know 2 people that have died from the Virus."

The Law & Order: SVU star did not reveal the names of either of the two coronavirus victims he knows, although several people confirmed a crew member on the series had died from the disease on March 26.

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Wallwork, who had been serving as a costume designer on SVU since 2018, had passed due to complications from the coronavirus. His death was first confirmed by family friend Abdul Qadir, whose Facebook post was then shared by SVU showrunner Warren Leight.

Wallwork's death sent shock waves throughout the industry as he had worked on multiple shows over the years with Morgan Freeman sending out his condolence. The costumer design worked on CBS's Madam Secretary, which Freeman produced until the series ended.

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Since then, Ice-T has continued to tell his followers to abide by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, which includes the practice of social distancing.

President Donald Trump and his White House Coronavirus Task Force have detailed their own guidelines by issuing a 15-day plan to slow the spread and flatten the curve.

"Just talked to my close homie Scarface...of the Geto Boys.. He's positive with the Virus," he announced in a later update. "He's doing well but has been through hell.. God Bless him. Get well my brother!"

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Ice-T's social media posts came the same day that the United States surpassed China in the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

As of March 27, a Johns Hopkins database reported more than 86,000 cases in the United States, with fatalities surpassing 1,300.

With the Hollywood shut down along with well- and less-known industry professionals contracting COVID-19, it is important for people like Ice-T to use their platform to spread information about flattening the spread of the disease in the U.S.

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