Trinidadian comic genius and cultural historian Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall died on Oct. 2, two days after his 71st birthday.
He had been ailing for some time and his passing — which comes five months after the death of his brother, Trinbagonian playwright Tony Hall, and two weeks after the death of actor Nigel Scott, a stalwart of local theatre — leaves a gaping hole in Trinidad and Tobago's artistic community.
Best known for his portrayal of Draxi, a character on the Cultural Sprangalang segment of Gayelle, a cultural magazine series that helped local television forge a strong Caribbean identity during the mid-1980s, Hall was passionate about passing on knowledge of the history and culture of Trinidad and Tobago.
Hall also starred in various theatrical plays and other productions, including director Frances-Anne Solomon's feature film A Winter Tale and the Canadian sitcom Lord Have Mercy!
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