Fans all over the world are mourning the tragic death of Kevin Clark. The actor, who most famously played Freddy Jones (A.K.A. Spazzy McGee) in the movie School of Rock, passed away after getting into a bike accident on Wednesday, May 26. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the 32-year-old was cycling when he was struck and killed by a car. He was found by paramedics and died in hospital.
Who Exactly Is Kevin Clark?
Clark made his acting debut in 2003 when he played the drummer in the musical flick, which also starred Jack Black, Joan Cusack and Miranda Cosgrove. It was about a guitarist who got thrown out of his band. In desperate need of a job, he posed as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, where he turned his class into a rock and roll animals. Clark actually didn’t star in anything after that, but he did join a band called Third Estate, where he played the drums.
How Did The Cast Of The Movie React To The News?
After the heartbreaking news hit the web, his former costars took to Instagram to share touching tributes to the late star.
“Stunned and saddened by this news today,” Cosgrove wrote alongside a slideshow of photos of her and Clark. “The world lost an amazing soul. I’ll always remember your spirit and how kind you were to me. I’ll never forget all the memories. You’ll always be missed Kevin.”
Black added in a post of his own, “Devastating news. Kevin is gone. Way too soon. Beautiful soul. So many great memories. Heartbroken. Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community.”
“We spoke yesterday about him being on an episode of Where Are We Now. I know it would’ve been chaotic and hilarious and so full of love and hyping each other up because that’s how our friendship always has been,” Rivkah Reyes, who played Katie in the movie, said. “I’m absolutely heartbroken. Kev was my first friend on set. We instantly connected over being jews from Chicago. He introduced me to Green Day and was the catalyst for my pop punk phase (which hasn’t ended). He was always supportive of me and my endeavors. His family would often come to my comedy shows and plays, and every time tenacious D was in town, we would go together. we would sometimes run into each other randomly in Chicago and he always gave me the biggest, warmest hugs. I’m so sorry to his beautiful mom, Allison, his siblings, Nicole and Cary, and to everyone who experienced his friendship and loving heart. I miss him so much. I am so grateful that my fellow cast mates, including Jables, have been able to support each other through this day. We are a strong, loving family. Love you forever, Spaz.”
Who Else Has Died In 2021?
Unfortunately, Clark isn’t the only figure that we lost so far this year. Back in April, Helen McCrory‘s husband announced video Twitter that she had passed away after a battle with cancer. She was most known for playing Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.
“She died as she lived,” her husband, Damian Lewis, wrote in his tribute. “Fearlessly. God we loved her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.”
“So sad to say farewell so suddenly — I never took the chance to tell her, but she helped shape me as a person so much — on and off screen,” Tom Felton, who starred as her son Draco Malfoy in the magical series wrote afterwards. “She was always relentlessly herself — razor sharp wit, silver tongued, kind and warm-hearted. She suffered no fools yet had time for everyone — thank you for lighting the way forward and holding my hand when I needed it.”
Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond sadly passed away on February 1, 2021, from stage IV small cell carcinoma. He was 44 years old.
“We are saddened to confirm Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma. He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago,” the actor’s rep confirmed in a statement to Us Weekly at the time. “In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful.”
Famous talk show host Larry King died on January 23, 2021, and the entire world was heartbroken by the news.
“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our cofounder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” a statement on his Twitter read. “For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.”
We have also lost Lois De Banzie, who was best known for her roles in Annie and Sister Act, Samuel E. Wright, who voiced the crab Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, The Office‘s Mark York, Joseph Siravo from The Sapranos, rapper DMX, Prince Philip, Jessica Walter, who fans may remember from Arrested Development, Degrassi star Jahmil French, Christopher Plummer, who has appeared in films like The Sound of Music and Knives Out, baseball legend Hank Aaron, Lost actress Mira Furlan and more. Rest in peace.