Spike Lee has urged fans of his incarcerated pal Wesley Snipes to write to the actor to keep his spirits up as he serves time behind bars.

The filmmaker paid the Blade star a visit on Monday (05Mar12) at the Pennsylvania prison where he is currently serving a three-year sentence for tax evasion, and revealed that Snipes is "in great shape mentally, physically and spiritually".

But Lee is encouraging the actor's devotees not to forget about him while he's out of the spotlight and suggests they send him notes to keep himentertained.

In a Twitter.com post on Thursday (08Mar12), he writes, "Send Your Prayers And Blessings To Our Brother Mr.Wesley Snipes.Your Letters Will Mean The World To Him".

Snipes has always maintained his innocence and insists he was duped by tax advisors.