Son of Penumbra Theatre Founder, Lucas Bellamy, Dies in Police Custody

Last week, Lucas John Bellamy passed away in the Minneapolis Hennepin County Jail. His father created the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul.

In a short statement issued late Sunday night, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office stated that a 41-year-old “was found unconscious in his cell” on Thursday afternoon. Bellamy is included on the roster of inmates at the Hennepin County Jail.

The statement stated that “workers and paramedics provided medical help.” “They kept giving him emergency care until they declared him dead. There can be no additional information disclosed at this time because the matter is still being investigated.

His sister, Sarah Bellamy, who is currently Penumbra’s president, wrote on Facebook that her brother was “heroic” in his efforts to beat addiction over the previous 20 years and that he was charming, gracious, insatiably curious, clever, and charismatic.

According to Hennepin County Jail records, Lucas Bellamy was detained on July 18 in Independence, Minnesota, on suspicion of eluding a police officer, eluding a police officer while driving, receiving or concealing stolen property, and possessing a dangerous weapon (metal knuckles or a switchblade).

He was arrested and detained for a variety of prior offenses, including narcotics possession, DUI, and unlicensed operation.

In the Rondo district of St. Paul, his father Lou Bellamy, a director, actor, producer, and educator, established Penumbra Theatre 46 years ago. The theater has earned widespread acclaim for its collaborations with Black performers, such as Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright August Wilson.

The Penumbra Theatre announced in August 2020 that it will change its name to the Penumbra Center for Racial Healing in order to broaden its community and racial justice activities while continuing to present plays.

On Sunday, attempts to get in touch with the Bellamy family and Penumbra Theatre were futile.

In a Facebook post, his sister said that Lucas Bellamy had battled addiction for the last 20 years.

And although though his death at the young age of 41 is terrible and unexpected, leaving us without his light, she said, “we also celebrate the bravery he repeatedly showed as he struggled to battle the tremendous hold alcohol and later opioids had on him.” We can attest to how bravely he battled those demons, and despite our pain, we honor the bravery and heroism of a man who repeatedly battled and triumphed. He caused us to rise and fall with him.

She continued by saying that her brother had a kid named Greyson for whom he “wanted so much to be a great role model.”

According to his sister, Lucas Bellamy was a skilled marksman who enjoyed duck and pheasant hunting with his father and uncle, participated in downhill skiing in high school, loved to play golf, and enjoyed preparing meals for family members.

He appeared in “Get Ready,” “Sleep Deprivation Chamber,” and “Waiting in Vain” at the Penumbra Theatre, “where his character as a bashful poindexter who transformed into a suave, slick emcee captured the hearts of audiences night after night.”

She stated that supporting children with exceptional needs, “particularly those whose impairments alienated them socially,” had been some of her brother’s most significant work throughout his life.

She stated that because of his asthma, he had frequently been hospitalized as a youngster, and the medical staff’s care had “instilled in him a great devotion to charity for children’s hospitals.”

His sister said that a memorial service would be conducted in the future and that donations in his honor be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Children’s Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis in place of flowers.

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