Nicholas Tucci, the star of cult 2011 horror film You're Next and SyFy's Channel Zero, has sadly passed away at the age of 38.
His father shared the news on the actor's Facebook page, explaining why he kept his health battle a secret for so long.
The post reads: "To the friends of Nicholas Tucci: This is Alexander Tucci, Nick's father.
"On Tuesday, March 3, Nick died at the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. Nick chose to keep his illness private so that he could continue to pursue his professional and artistic dreams for as long as possible.
"In the last year, he was able to audition, go on location, and continue the work he loved so much. To those of you in the film, television, and theatre communities...thank you for guiding, encouraging, and supporting Nick.
"To those of you who enjoyed Nick's work on the screen and stage...thank you for recognising his talent and appreciating his efforts. To all...thank you for your gift of friendship to my son."
The actor also had roles in another horror movie called Long Lost, groundbreaking LGBTQ+ series Pose, Homeland, The Blacklist, Marvel's Daredevil, and the very unlucky Private Prendergast in Wolfenstein: The New Order and briefly in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
Filmmaker Chris Peckover, who cast Nick in his feature Undocumented, shared a touching story about how he scared his fellow actors in a scene by acting "like an excited, friendly neighbour showing off his model train collection". He added: "I'm heartbroken to write about the passing of Nick Tucci. He was all heart hidden behind an infectiously cool, fearless exterior."
Former co-star Barbara Crampton tweeted her tribute: "RIP dear, sweet friend Nicholas Tucci. I was lucky to work with him twice on You're Next and Channel Zero. He is gone way too soon but his mark on the genre and our hearts will never be forgotten."
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