Questlove to Guest, and Die, on 'Law & Order: SVU'

The Roots drummer fulfills death wish by portraying a corpse

February 21, 2014 4:20 PM ET
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Questlove: drummer, producer, author, professor, Tonight Show bandleader, corpse. Yes, the world's most versatile music nerd is adding an unconventional notch to his resume by playing a dead man on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU.

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On Friday morning, SVU actor Ice-T tweeted an on-set photo of Questlove laid out on a coroner's slab, with what looks like a nasty bullet wound to the head. (His trademark afro pick stylishly survived the blow.) "SVU Behind The Scenes," Ice-T wrote, "This corpse looks strangely familiar..."

Playing a corpse, oddly enough, has been one of Questlove's deep-burning dreams. Back in November,  the drummer penned an article entitled "25 Things You Might Not Know About Me" for Us Weekly, with the Number Seven entry reading, "It's my fantasy to play a dead body on Law & Order." (It's the gift you give a man who has it all.) While Ice-T didn't specify the title or air date of the Quest-featuring episode, it's now a must-watch.

On Monday, Questlove and the Roots helped launch The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. The first week of shows has been filled with A-listers and expansive musical performances: Last night's episode featured Arcade Fire delivering a colorful version of the Reflektor standout "Afterlife."

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