Granville Adams, ‘Oz’ and ‘Homicide’ star, dead at 58

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Actor Granville Adams, greatest identified for his work on the jail drama “Oz,” handed away at 58 after a protracted battle with most cancers. News of his dying was shared on Instagram Sunday by the HBO collection’ govt producer and showrunner Tom Fontana.

“Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest,” producer-screenwriter Fontana, 70, wrote together with a photograph of the late actor.

Adams had revealed he was battling most cancers in December 2020 after sharing an Instagram publish of himself in a hospital mattress.

Following the tragic announcement, Fontana and “Oz” star Dean Winters, 57, created a GoFundMe page to assist cover the dramatist’s medical prices.

“As many of you know, our friend and brother Granville Adams has been diagnosed with cancer,” Fontana wrote on the fundraiser’s web page. “In just a few months, the medical payments have skyrocketed to astronomical ranges. Not solely does he must battle this ruthless illness, however now he has to fend off the hospital payments the insurance coverage company refuses to pay.

He added, “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 of the star’s dying, the crowdfunding marketing campaign had amassed practically $100,000 in contributions.

Actors Tom Mardirosian, George Morfogen, Mark Margolis, B.D. Wong, Granville Adams, Chris Meloni, Dean Winters, Bob Regadow and creator Tom Fontana seem at Tower Lincoln Center to signal copies of OZ: The Complete Third Season DVD February 24, 2004 in New York City.
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Adams had starred in all six seasons of “Oz,” wherein he performed Zahir Arif, a burglar who finds salvation in Islam whereas incarcerated at the fictional Oswald State Correctional Facility. The thespian additionally portrayed Officer Jeff Westby in “Homicide: Life on the Street” from 1996 to 1999 and appeared in “Homicide: The Movie” in 2000 following the collection’ cancellation. Adams additionally had a minor function in “Empire” in 2002.

The actor’s “Oz” costars flocked to social media to mourn his passing.

Winters, who performed scheming Irish inmate Ryan O’Reily on the present, posted a touching Instagram tribute to his deceased co-star.

“I first met Granny in 1992 and I immediately drank the Kool Aid,” he wrote. “His smile was infectious, his chuckle was intoxicating. He never, ever spoke ill of anyone and I defy anyone who knew him to say anything negative about this man.”

He continued, “Granville was beloved, period. A humble, beautiful soul who just elevated the afterlife to a whole new level. You will be missed my friend. You are my brother and I’m a better human being for knowing you. RIP G.”

Eamonn Walker (left) and Granville Adams in “Oz.”
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“I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer, I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it,” tweeted fellow co-star Kirk Acevedo, 49, who portrayed Miguel Alvarez within the HBO present. “Yo Granny we’ll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then… Rest easy my friend.”

Harold Perrineau, 58, who performed Augustus Hill on “Oz,” supplied his condolences on Instagram, writing: “You can’t always cry, sometimes you’ve got to CELEBRATE the time you had together.”

“I LOVE this man and the entire group of family/friends that we all created,” he added. “Sleep well Prince! We’ll see each other again.”