By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Emmy award winner and My Big Fat Greek Wedding star, Michael Constantine is dead. He died at the age of 94.
Constantine had reportedly been battling an illness for several years, but the illness has not been disclosed.
It was confirmed by his agent, Julia Buchwald that the star died at his home in Reading, Massachusetts.
The deceased star rose to fame for his role as Gus in the hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, his career had earned him Emmy Awards and other notable achievements. He is best known for his part in the indie comedy.
Fans, celebrities and co-stars took to social media to express their sadness at the news of his passing.
His co-star, Nia Vardalos wrote on Twitter: “Michael Constantine, the dad to our cast-family, a gift to the written word, and always a friend.
“Acting with him came with a rush of love and fun. I will treasure this man who brought Gus to life. He gave us so much laughter and deserves a rest now. We love you Michael.”
She went ahead to share a picture of the star with her dad and captioned it: “Michael Constantine as “Gus” and my real dad Constantine “Gus” Vardalos, onset #MyBigFatGreekWedding2. May both dads Rest In Peace”
Maria Stephanos, a TV achor equally gave her condolences : “I love this movie. I love this character and I loved Michael Constantine. He passed at the age of 94. I will spritz some windex in your honor Blue heart.”
Constantine was born in Reading in 1927, the son of two Greek immigrants, with his father working as a steel worker. He is survived by his two children Thea Eileen and Brendan Neil and two sisters, Patricia Gordon and Chris Dobbs.