Ron Cephas Jones Dead at 66: Cause of Death Revealed

This Is Us alum Ron Cephas Jones has died. He was 66.

His consultant confirmed the information of his passing to Us Weekly on Saturday, August 19, including that heart-related points prompted his dying.

“Beloved and award-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones has handed away on the age of 66 attributable to a long-standing pulmonary concern,” his consultant stated. “All through the course of his profession, his heat, magnificence, generosity, kindness and coronary heart have been felt by anybody who had the nice fortune of figuring out him.”

Cephas Jones had been open about affected by continual obstructive pulmonary illness. He underwent a double lung transplant in 2020 because of the situation.

The assertion continued: “He started his profession on the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and his love for the stage was current all through his complete profession, together with his latest Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning efficiency for his function in Clyde’s on Broadway. Ron’s inner-beauty and soul was evident to the massive viewers from his multi-Emmy award profitable efficiency on This Is Us. He’s survived by his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones.”

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Ron performed William Hill, the organic father of Randall Pearson (Sterling Ok. Brown) on the six-season NBC hit. He was a solid member on season 1 and though his character died, he recurred all through the sequence in flashbacks that explored William’s life as a queer artist and addict.

He obtained 4 Emmy nominations for the function (the primary within the supporting actor class in 2017 and the next three for Excellent Visitor Actor in a Drama Collection) and took dwelling two statues in 2018 and 2020.

Late actor Ron Cephas Jones hugs daughter Jasmine.
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He made a reputation for himself in theater within the late Eighties and early ’90s earlier than leaping to the display screen. He performed small roles in movies corresponding to He Received Sport, Half Nelson and Throughout the Universe earlier than the success of This Is Us led to larger movies, corresponding to Venom and Dolemite Is My Identify.

Within the final decade of his profession, the New Jersey native confirmed up on a number of hit TV reveals, together with Mr. Robotic, Marvel’s Luke Cage, On the lookout for Alaska, Fact Be Instructed and Higher Issues.

Amid his success, he struggled with well being scares, finally being identified with emphysema, which blocks oxygen to the lungs, and continual obstructive pulmonary illness. After his double lung transplant in 2020, he instructed the New York Instances that he spent almost two months on the UCLA Medical Heart being placed on and off a ventilator. He needed to be taught to breathe, eat and stroll once more after the surgical procedure. He finally recovered, making a Tony-nominated return to Broadway in 2022 with the play Clyde’s.

He’s survived by 34-year-old daughter Jasmine, an authentic solid member of Hamilton and lead actress of Starz’s Blindspotting TV present, who he shared with ex Kim Lesley.