Granville Adams, who was best known for his role as Zahir Arif in Oz, has died at the age of 58 his co-star Kirk Acevedo has confirmed
Granville Adams has died at the age of 58 from cancer.
The actor was famous for his ongoing role as Zahir Arif in Oz. His death was confirmed by his co-star Kirk Acevedo.
He took to social media on Sunday to write: “I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer. I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it.”
He added: “Yo Granny we’ll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then… Rest easy my friend.”
The star appeared on 48 episodes of the hit HBO show Oz.
His first appearance cam as a guest b first appearing as a guest before he landed a recurring supporting role until the show finished in 2003.
Granville played the role of Muslim inmate Zahir who served as a lieutenant to Kareem Said.
He was also known for his roles in Homicide: Life on the Streets, as well of movies Empire and Magic City Memoirs.
Granville first made his fans aware of his diagnosis in December when he posted an image to Instagram of himself in a hospital bed. He captioned the post: “F*** Cancer.”
A GoFundMe page was set up shortly after by his family, explaining how bills were quickly mounting for his family.
They wrote on the page: “In this quarter alone, the unpaid bills have piled up to $69,550. We want to gather together and show Granville our love by clearing this quarter’s bills, giving Granville concrete support in his fight against this vicious disease.”
At the time, the executive producer of the HBO TV series Tom Fontana and former co-star Dean Winters urged fans to donate whatever funds they can spare to help ease the financial stress for Granville’s family.
Fans and famous faces took to Twitter to share their condolences following the news.
US politician Christopher Suprun wrote: “I just heard #GranvilleAdams has passed. Amazing actor on Oz and for all of New York. Requiescat in Pace.”
Actress Kiersten Warren, who is the wife of Granville’s co-star Kirk commented: “RIP Granville Adams. All love to his Christina right now.”
And many other stars, including Kristen Johnston and Devon Sawa commented underneath Kirk’s personal post to send their condolences.
Granville is survived by wife Christina.
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