Game of Thrones actor Darren Kent, 36, died on Friday after a long battle with osteoporosis, arthritis and an extremely rare skin condition.
According to his representatives at Carey Dodd Associates, the “EastEnders” star was surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death.
“It is with deep sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and client Darren Kent passed away peacefully on Friday,” the agency said posted on Facebook. “His parents and his best friend by his side. Our thoughts and love are with his family at this difficult time.
“Darren was not only a talented actor, director and writer, he truly was one of the nicest people I have ever had the privilege of meeting,” the post continues. “It was a privilege and a pleasure to have been a part of his journey. RIP my friend.”
Kent’s official cause of death has yet to be determined.
The Essex-born actor began starring in the 2008 film Mirrors and the 2012 action film Snow White and the Huntsman alongside Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.
Kent rose to fame after starring in a 2014 episode of Game of Thrones as the goatherd from Slavers Bay.
In addition to his time on Thrones, the actor has worked with 24 star Kiefer Sutherland and The Crown actor Dominic West.
According to the actor’s IMBD pageKent appeared as a corpse in the star-studded film Dungeons and Dragons.
Since news of the actor’s death broke, several colleagues and friends have expressed their condolences.
“Darren was an amazing human being and very special” wrote Lee Mead, who starred in one of Kent’s films. “He always gives his time to people and is always so positive. He is also a good actor and has achieved so much as well. What heartbreaking news.”
Also the Mushroom Theater Company where Kent got his big break as an actor posted a tribute.
“It is very, very sad to hear of the passing of our benefactor @darrenpaulkent,” the theater company wrote. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
“What a privilege it has been to be your friend and to work together on so many projects over the years.” said director Jane Gull. “Life won’t be the same without you. I will miss you so much. RIP darling Darren Kent.”
Kent’s friend and screenwriter Ben Trebilcook posted his own tribute to his pal.
“Love and thoughts to the friends and family of our talented, caring friend Darren Kent who sadly passed away on Friday.” wrote Trebilcook.
“Darren, an Essex writer, actor and director, directed our award-winning short film ‘You Know Me’. Darren is a true character who was always creating something new and was always optimistic and encouraging. We will sorely miss him.”