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Popular Trinidadian comedian, actor, radio talk show host, and entertainer Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt. Hope last Friday.
He was 72 years old and had just celebrated his birthday on September 30.
He was receiving medical attention after being hospitalized last week.
Hall is best known for his observational comedy, a trait that earned him spots in local film productions and commercials as well as runs in top calypso tents, including the Calypso Revue.
Sprangalang had originally wanted to be a school teacher due to his concerns over what children were being taught in schools in Trinidad and Tobago. He first appeared on the Trinidad and Tobago National Television Show Gayelle, as the character “Draxi” on a segment called “Cultural Sprangalang”.
He also dabbled in Soca Parang and had several big hits, including Bring Drinks, Grrrttt, and Poppits.
Gerelle Forbes, Hall’s former co-worker at the Talk City radio station spoke about his legacy.
“Sprang’s life is everything that can be said. The man gave his entire life for this country, there is nothing again you can say about him. His living was his life for us,” she said.
The cultural fraternity took to social media to pay tribute to the cultural icon after learning of his passing.
Owner of WACK Radio, Kenny Phillips, also sent out condolences, saying, “Hall had been battling illness for a while and his wife Natasha had asked the public to pray for him earlier this week.”
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) sent out condolences to Hall’s family in a Facebook post, saying “The President, National Executive and membership of TUCO wish to express our condolences and sympathy to the family of Mr. Dennis Hall known in the entertainment world as “Sprangalang” who passed away on the evening of 2nd October, 2020 at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.”
Hall’s brother, playwright Tony Hall died suddenly earlier this year.