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House Of Cards Star Reg E. Cathey dies at the age of 59

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House of Cards star Reg E. Cathey has died aged 59 following a battle with cancer.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: Reg E. Cathey, winner of the award for guest actor in a drama for “House of Cards,” poses in the press room during the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Mr Cathey won an Emmy in 2015 for his role as Freddy Hayes the owner of the President’s favourite BBQ joint in the American political drama.

The star also appeared in HBO’s The Wire and was hailed for his performance as Baltimore political operative Norman Wilson.

“We are heartbroken by the passing of our friend and House of Cards colleague Reg E. Cathey,” A spokesman for Netflix said in a statement.

“Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentlemen. Our sympathy goes to his family.”

Creator of The Wire David Simon broke the news of Mr Cathey’s death on Twitter.

He wrote: “Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. Not only a fine, masterful actor — but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set. On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing.”

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