Nuh was a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. He was imprisoned in 1971 as a result of the U.S. Government’s war against the Black Liberation Movement and subsequently spent 29 years as a political prisoner (one of the New York Three).
In December 1999, cancer was found in Nuh’s liver. Doctors gave him three to ten months to live. In March, he was moved out of Comstock Prison to the prison medical facility at Coxsackie in Upstate New York.
He died of cancer in the U.S. prison system on April 28th, 2000 despite obviously meeting the requirements for compassionate release. Attorney Joan Gibbs campaigned for his release once he was given 3-10 months to live to no avail.
Nuh once stated: “A revolutionary never dies because his ideas live with his comrades.”