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Clarence Gilyard, Jr. has died at 66. He is very well known for his roles in “Walker Texas Ranger” and “Die Hard.”
“The cause of death remains unknown,” Fox News reported, which is raising questions among fans about his death.
Rest easy Ranger. RIP Clarence Gilyard Jr. pic.twitter.com/kEOSCtm5lt
— Keith Tweetly (@mwfarr) November 29, 2022
In addition to being an actor, Gilyard was also an author and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Fine Arts.
A representative for Gilyard, Dean Nancy J. Uscher, announced his death.
“It is with profound sadness that I share this news,” said Dean Uscher.
We're heartbroken to learn that Clarence Gilyard Jr has passed away.
Clarence appeared in some of the 80s top movies & TV shows. We were fortunate to host Clarence at #LFCC earlier this year and enjoyed hearing his tales from set. Our thoughts go out to his friends & family. pic.twitter.com/5QEtrEXkSY
— Showmasters (@Showmasters) November 29, 2022
“His students were deeply inspired by him, as were all who knew him. He had many extraordinary talents and was extremely well-known in the university through his dedication to teaching and his professional accomplishments.”
“He had a national and international following through his celebrated work in the theatre, in film, and television.”
“His generosity of spirit was boundless – he was always ready to contribute to projects and performances however possible.”
— New York Post (@nypost) November 29, 2022
“We remember Clarence with joy and gratitude for all he contributed to the College of Fine Arts, the UNLV community, and, through his impressive personal achievements, to the world,” Uscher continued.
She added, “Professor Gilyard was a beacon of light and strength for everyone around him at UNLV,” said UNLV film chair Heather Addison.
“Whenever we asked him how he was, he would cheerfully declare that he was ‘Blessed!’ But we are truly the ones who were blessed to be his colleagues and students for so many years. We love you and will miss you dearly, Professor G!”
— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) November 29, 2022