John Dunsworth has died at the age of 71, according to his family.
Sarah Dunsworth, the daughter of the Trailer Park Boys‘ star, issued a statement that did not reveal the cause of death but did say he suffered from an unexpected illness.
Dunsworth was famous for playing the role of Jim Lahey — an often drunk trailer park supervisor — in the classic Showtime series which now airs on the streaming service Netflix.
The beloved Canadian mockumentary television series, which starred Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith alongside Patrick Roach, also gave birth to several movies and specials.
Dunsworth, who was a gifted actor, did numerous interviews explaining he was nothing like the alcoholic Mr. Lahey.
He said that he got drunk in his life three times and that occurred by accident.
He went on to say that it was “hard time being the poster boy for alcoholism.”
— John Dunsworth (@johndunsworth) October 16, 2017
In fact, the One Last Shot star hated seeing his family members, friends and random strangers getting drunk — he said they were wasting their lives.
Trailer Park Boys‘ official Twitter account said in a statement: “We’re in shock and heartbroken by the sudden loss of our dear friend John Dunsworth. We respect the family’s wishes for privacy at this time.”
Fans are sharing their condolences and precious memories on social media.
One said: “Rip to a legend.. sad day in the trailer park. Wow. I always enjoyed watching him on Haven. Truly sorry to hear about his passing. May he rest in peace.”
Another confessed: “[email protected] me bud. Don’t feel real.RiP to the liqour.I’m beyond sad. And watching season 1 episode 1 marathoning it to the end. Including movies and swearing…to the best that ever did it… Fuck the liquor won..Played one of the best-drunk Actors of time.”
A third commenter had the following to say: “Heartbroken to hear that John Dunsworth has passed. He was an amazing man, a wonderful actor and a truly kind soul. The man made us laugh every day on set and was a leader, a teacher, and genius. I truly loved this man, and he will never be forgotten. Sending love and support his wonderful family. @havenherald #Dave #johndunsworth #haven #vinceanddaveteagues #novascotia #Havenforever @trailerparkboysofficial #mrleighey #rip.”
Dunsworth is survived by his wife and four children including daughters Sarah E. Dunsworth who played a character of the same name on the Canadian television.
His other daughter, Molly Dunsworth, is also an actress.
Dunsworth, who loved boating, was the proud owner of a yacht that he named The Emerald Princess. It allowed him to visit his beloved Canada.