Celebrated actor Reg E. Cathey, who starred in Netflix's House Of Cards and HBO's The Wire, passed away last night at the age of 59.
In a statement from Netflix, they praised Cathey as "the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentlemen," whilst his former colleagues on HBO's The Wire and House Of Cards paid tribute on Twitter.
Beau Willimon, who was the showrunner for House Of Cards, described Cathey as "one of a kind," whilst The Wire's David Simon called him "simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set."
Meanwhile, fellow actors Michael Kelly - who played Stamper on House Of Cards - and Wendell Pierce - who played Bunk on The Wire - offered their thoughts on Cathey.
We lost a masterful actor, a sonorous voice, a great colleague, and a kind friend. A more gregarious human being you could not find. A man whose presence was always a blessing and joy. I’m hard pressed to remember a moment of anger. A beautiful human being who will be missed pic.twitter.com/PiwDy0kVFC
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) February 10, 2018
There are words. Reg E Cathey was one of the kindest, funniest, talented badasses I have ever had the honor of knowing. We lost a really good man today. You will be missed brother.
— Michael Kelly (@michaeljkellyjr) February 10, 2018
Cathey appeared in the Gaiety Theatre's performance of The Shawshank Redemption in 2009, where he played the role of Red made famous by Morgan Freeman, and joked that he'd even star in Fair City just to stay in Dublin.