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'The Wire' and 'House of Cards' actor Reg E. Cathey dead at 59

Actor Reg E. Cathey, better known for his roles in the hit Netflix drama "House of Cards" and the HBO series "The Wire," has died.


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Reg E. Cathey's death was announced Friday night by David Simon, the creator of The Wire, who paid tribute to the late 59-year-old actor on Twitter.

 

"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."

Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. 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.

Netflix also issued a statement Friday saying employees were heartbroken by Cathey's passing. "Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentleman. Our sympathy goes to his family," the statement said.
 
 
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon also tweeted his condolences, writing, "Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace, Reg."
 

More details of Cathey's passing, including the circumstances surrounding his death, are not immediately available.

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