By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Granville Adams 58, who was known for his role as Zahir Arif in Oz, is dead. The actor died following a long battle with cancer.
His demise was confirmed by his co-star, Kirk Acevedo, who took to his social media page on Sunday, October 10th, to write: “I lost my brother today after a long battle with cancer. I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it.”
He added: “Yo Granny we’ll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then… Rest easy my friend.”
The star before his death, played in the 48 episodes of the Oz, while starring at first as a guest before he landed a recurring supporting role until the show finished in 2003.
Granville made his fans aware of his current health condition when he posted an image of himself in a hospital bed on Instagram. He captioned the post: “F*** Cancer.”
A fundraising page was set up to cater for his expenditures during this period of illness. The page wrote “In this quarter alone, the unpaid bills have piled up to $69,550. 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.”
Fans and friends on gaining knowledge of his death, took turns to send in their tributes.
US politician Christopher Suprun wrote: “I just heard #GranvilleAdams has passed. Amazing actor on Oz and for all of New York. Requiescat in Pace.”
Actress Kiersten Warren, who is the wife of Granville’s co-star Kirk commented: “RIP Granville Adams. All love to his Christina right now.”