Broadway actor Curtis Mcclarin has died aged 44.
The performer passed away in his sleep at his home in Brooklyn, New York on Monday (03Mar14). Reports suggest he suffered a brain aneurysm.
He made his Broadway debut in 1996 in the Tony Award-winning musical revue Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.
One of his co-stars in the production, Psych star Dule Hill, praises MCClarin's talent and warm spirit, telling the New York Daily News, "As far back as I can remember, Curtis was always one of the most consistently genuine people I have ever met; a breath of fresh air that filled you up whenever you came into his presence."
MCClarin also appeared in a number of Off-Broadway plays, as well as regional theatre productions across the U.S.
His film credits include The Occupant and The Happening, and he had guest roles on Tv series such as The Good Wife, Damages, The Wire, Law & Order: Svu and prison drama Oz.
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