'House of Cards' Actor Unexpectedly Dies at Age 59

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February 10, 2018Feb 10, 2018

Reports are coming in that actor Reg E. Cathey, best known for his great acting in the Netflix drama "House of Cards" and the HBO series "The Wire" has died at age 59. 

Cathey's death was announced on Friday night by David Simon, the creator of "The Wire." Simon paid tribute to the late actor in Twitter, writing that he was a fine and masterful actor, and also a wonderful and delightful human being with whom he genuinely enjoyed working with. 

"Not only a fine, masterful actor -- but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set," Simon wrote. "On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing."

According to CNN, more details of Cathey's passing, including more information surrounding the cause of this death, are not yet available to the public, but they are expected to be known soon. 

CNN writes that Cathey was born in Huntsville, Alabama in August 1958. He began to express an interest in theater at the young age of 9 years old. He then attended the University of Michigan and Yale School of Drama. And over the next three decades, Cathey was praised for his commanding voice and unexpected sense of humor that he brought to all of his roles.

Cathey, who is perhaps best known for his role in "House of Cards," played Freddy Hayes. He eventually scored an Emmy for Oustanding Guest Actor in 2015 and two nominations for the role. 

He starred in seasons four and five of HBO's "The Wire," playing the professional political operative Normal Wilson. 

Netflix has also released a statement about Cathey's death. 

“We are heartbroken by the passing of our friend and House of Cards colleague Reg E. Cathey. Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentleman. Our sympathy goes to his family.”

Cathey's first role was in the television movie "A Doctor's Story" in 1984, after graduating from Yale School of Drama. 

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