Granville Adams, the actor best known for his role as Zahir Arif in HBO’s Oz has died at the age of 58 years old. He lost his battle with cancer according to a report by Variety.
Oz showrunner and executive producer Tom Fontana shared the news on Instagram on Sunday, writing:
“Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest.”
The actor died with his wife by his side, an Instagram post shared by his family on his account said.
Today our beloved Granville Adams has passed and is now with God. After a long hard-fought battle with Cancer, Granny has ascended to the heavens. Gran spent his last days surrounded by his loved ones, family, and close friends. His wife Christina was by his side the entire time and was alone with him when he passed.
Granny is now in peace and not suffering anymore. He fought till the end with a strength, beauty and grace like no other, putting his family before himself til the final moments. We are all so honored to have known Granville, who embodies the expression “to know him is to love him.” Everyone who knew Granville knew the exemplary human kindness he possessed. Every life he touched was better for it. Granville was a beautiful man who always put others first and was known for his kindness and selflessness. Always the life of the party, Granville would not want us to be sad! Granny would want us all to smile and remember the best times we had with him, and share the love we learned from him! Granny may have left the building, but he will forever be in our hearts!
Just before he passed, we asked him to show us a sign when he crossed to the other side. After he passed the friends and family who were there at the hospice and hospital went to eat and reminisce about Granny. As we were sitting and eating, there was a torrential downpour that subsided after 30 minutes only to reveal a brilliant double rainbow right in front of us. We knew at that moment it was Granny, spreading love as he does… We love you Gran always and forever!
The news comes shortly after a GoFundMe page was created by Tom Fontana and Dean Winters, who starred alongside the actor in the hit series.
Adams also had a role on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street and appeared in Empire.
In 2007, Adams was cleared of a charge of negligent homicide after an altercation in a nightclub led to a man’s death.
Adams’ attorneys pleaded self-defence, while prosecutors were unable to prove that Adams had acted negligently during the altercation.