“Game of Thrones” Star Ian Gelder Dead at 74 Five Months After Cancer Diagnosis: 'My Absolute Rock,' Says Husband

Gelder's husband Ben Daniels said he was heartbroken and that "neither of us had any idea that it would all be so fast," while the actor's agent remembered him as "a beautiful man"

<p>David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty</p>  Ian Gelder at the 31st Annual Critics

David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty

Ian Gelder at the 31st Annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards

Ian Gelder, who played Kevan Lannister in Games of Thrones, has died. He was 74.

Gelder's death was announced on Instagram by his husband, Ben Daniels, in a post on Tuesday, May 7.

"It is with huge huge sadness and a heavy heart broken into a million pieces that I’m leaving this post to announce the passing of my darling husband and life partner Ian Gelder. Ian was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in December and yesterday he passed at 13.07. I’d stopped all work to be his carer but neither of us had any idea that it would all be so fast," Daniels wrote.

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Daniels remembered his partner of over 30 years as his "absolute rock" and "the kindest, most generous-spirited and loving human being."

"If we weren’t together, we spoke to each other every day," he added while noting that Gelder was also a "wonderful, wonderful actor, and everyone who worked with him was touched by his heart and light."

"I honestly don’t know what I’ll do without him by my side. He coped with his dreadful illness with such bravery, with no self pity. Ever. He was remarkable and will be so missed," continued Daniels.

<p>ITV/Shutterstock</p> Ian Gelder


Ian Gelder

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He made the announcement next to a photo of the two at Christmas, which he shared was after Gelder had gotten out of the hospital and experienced "the worst three weeks."

Gelder's agent also confirmed his death to PEOPLE, remembering him as "a beautiful man, a fine actor" and someone who "will be hugely missed by his colleagues and all those that loved him."

DMA management added in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that "the world will be a lesser place without him in it."

<p>HBO / Album</p> Scene from 'Game of Thrones' including Ian Gelder

HBO / Album

Scene from 'Game of Thrones' including Ian Gelder

According to his IMDb page, Gelder appeared in 12 episodes of Game of Thrones and had many other notable credits, including Doctor Who, Fifteen-Love, and His Dark Materials.

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Gelder was next set to appear as a vampire named Santiago in the upcoming season of Interview With the Vampire, premiering Sunday, May 12 on AMC, and in Prime Video‘s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2 premiering later this year.

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