Def Jam Poet Murdered in Miami

A well-known and nationally respected def jam poet was gunned down early Sunday morning outside the coffehouse and spoken word venue he owned and operated in North Miami.

Willie Lee Bell, Jr., 47, who performed as “Will Da Real One,” was shot multiple times just after closing Literary Cafe and Poetry Lounge on NE 125th Street around 12:40 a.m.

“Everyone loved this man. He did not deserve to die like this,” said a friend outside Bell’s cafe, who described Bell as a “strong speaker” who “always had something positive to say.”


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  • bajookie

    Oh my gosh! This world is so evil. I too loved his work and will miss him very much

  • Shakka Zulu

    This has nothing to do with the world being evil, it has to do with the evil that exist amoung the people that occupy this planet..My condolences goes out to the family of this man..