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John Snipes, "Heelraiser" Driver, Passes Away After Battle With MS


One of the most beloved figures in Tar Heel Nation, the man behind the wheel of the infamous Heelraiser, passed away last week after a long battle with MS. John Lloyd Snipes was 52 years old. Born in Hillsborough, Snipes graduated from UNC in 1982 and lived for a time in Atlanta. But he returned to the Triangle in 2004—and in the process he picked up a 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Hearse, painted it Carolina blue, added a few dozen tasteful touches, and a legend was born. (Chapelboro.com)


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