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DeAndre McCullough, inspiration for HBO miniseries "The Corner" , dies at 35
Posted By: Siebra Muhammad on August 08, 2012

DailyMail.co.uk--The man whose life was the focus of 'The Corner,' a book about a year on a drug-plagued Baltimore street corner, has died of a suspected drug overdose.

De'Andre McCullough, 35, was found dead by his girlfriend at a home in the Baltimore suburb of Woodlawn just before 6.30pm on Wednesday, according to police.

The 1997 book was written by former police officer Edward Burns and reporter David Simon, who went on to create the HBO series 'The Wire.' 'The Corner' was also made into an HBO mini-series.

While the medical examiner's office has not determined a cause of death, family told The Baltimore Sun there was evidence of an overdose.

According to the paper, McCullough had been battling drug addiction for years and had other run ins with the law.

At the time of his death, he was on warrants charging him with two armed robberies at Baltimore pharmacies.
Simon said McCullough grew up in a hopeless area of Baltimore, slunging drugs on the corner with friends at an early age.

He went from selling drugs to abusing them, starting with marijuana.

Burns said in a 2004 interview McCullough was 'a cool kid. He was a great street fighter. He had a great sense of humor. And he was into a little marijuana. ... By the end of the year, he was sniffing heroin and cocaine.'

His home life didn't help stave off drug taking as both his parents struggled with severe addiction.
'He was living in a rough house, a house where police kicked in the door twice a month whether (they) needed to or not,' Simon told the paper.

McCullough's father died of a drug overdose as 'The Corner' was being written. His mother, Fran Boyd, overcame her addiction to become a drug counselor and adopted nieces and nephews from other relatives battling addiction.

'De’Andre was very special and very talented, but he could get in his own way quicker than his shadow,' Donnie Andrews, who inspired the 'Omar' character on 'The Wire' and married McCullough’s mother, told The Baltimore Sun.

'It was a demon inside of him that he couldn’t get rid of.'
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Siebra Muhammad
A Registration Clerk/Specialist at New Orleans Public Schools
I watched The Corner when it appeared on TV...and I was hoping he would pull through like his mother did. But you have to want to do better...
Wednesday, August 8th 2012 at 12:19PM
Kemetria 'Kim' Smith
Kansas St Univ class of 1987
this is unfortunate
Friday, September 14th 2012 at 11:04AM
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