Granville Adams, ‘Oz’ star, dead at 58

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Adams shared that he was battling cancer in December 2020

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Actor Granville Adams, best known for his work in the prison drama “Oz,” has died at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. The news of his death was shared Instagram Sunday by Tom Fontana, executive producer and showrunner of the HBO series.

Producer-screenwriter Fontana, 70, wrote alongside a photo of the late actor, “Goodnight, dear prince / And the flights of angels sing to you in comfort.”

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Adams revealed he was battling cancer in December 2020 After sharing one of her Instagram posts on a hospital bed.

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Following the sad announcement, Fontana and “Oz” star Dean Winters, 57, created a GoFundMe to help cover the playwright’s medical costs.

“As many of you know, our friend and brother Granville Adams has been diagnosed with cancer,” Fontana wrote on the fundraiser’s page. “In just a few months, medical bills have risen to astronomical levels. Not only do they have to deal with this brutal disease, but they now have to pay hospital bills that the insurance company refuses to pay.

He continued, “We want to gather together and show our love to Granville by meeting this quarter’s bills, giving Granville tangible support in the fight against this vicious disease.”

At the time of Starr’s death, the crowdfunding campaign had collected approximately $100,000 in contributions.

Adams starred in all six seasons of “Oz”, in which he played Zahir Arif, a thief who finds salvation in Islam while imprisoned at the fictional Oswald State Correctional Facility. The thespian also portrayed Officer Jeff Westby in “Homicide: Life on the Street” from 1996 to 1999, and appeared in “Homicide: The Movie” in 2000 after the series’ cancellation. Adams also had a small role in “Empire” in 2002.

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The actor’s “Oz” costume took to social media to mourn his passing.

Winters, who played scheming Irish prisoner Ryan O’Reilly on the show, posted a touching Instagram tribute To your dead co-star.

“I first met Grandma in 1992 and I immediately drank Kool Aid,” he wrote. “His smile was infectious, his laugh was intoxicating. He never said anything bad about anyone and I know no one to say anything negative about this man.”

He continued, “Granville was dear, period. A humble, beautiful soul who just elevated life to a whole new level. You will be missed my friend. You are my brother and I am a better person to know you . RIP G.”

“I lost my brother today after a long battle with cancer, I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it,” Fellow co-star Kirk Acevedo. tweeted, 49, who portrayed Miguel Alvarez on the HBO show. “Yo grandma we’ll cut it from the other side one day. Until then… rest easy my friend.”

Harold Perrineau, 58, who played Augustus Hill on “Oz,” offered his condolences instagram, writing: “You can’t always cry, sometimes you have to celebrate the time you were together.”

“I love this guy and the whole group of family/friends we all have made,” he said. “Sleep well Prince! We’ll see each other again.”

This story first appeared in the New York Post.


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