According to the creator of The Wire, David Simon, the Emmy-award winning entertainer, Reg E Cathey, has passed away at the age of 59-years-old. David confirmed the news of his passing today on social media.
He took to Twitter to describe him as a “fine and masterful actor,” and one of the most delightful persons whom with he has ever had the privilege of working.
David also commented on his capacity for wit, a talent that could leave any man thinking. Despite his untimely death, he went peacefully. In a report from TMZ, Reg died at his home in New York surrounded by his friends and family after a long battle with lung cancer.
Fans will remember the actor in his role as Freddy in House Of Cards and as one of the henchmen in Jim Carrey’s The Mask.
Back in 2015, Cathey won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. On The Wire, Reg played a Baltimore politician, Norman Wilson, who formerly worked as a newspaperman.
Sources close to the actor said, “it’s really unfortunate that he had to pass away, especially considering he was just starting to gain recognition as a respected actor and entertainer.”
“He won the Emmy Award in 2015, and that was such an honor for him. Reg was so proud to receive that.”
One of the writers from House Of Cards, Beau Willimon, took to Twitter to commemorate the fallen actor and said he was “one of a kind,” and was “brimming with life force,” as well as gravitas, talent, humor, and generosity. No details for his funeral are known at the moment.