One Tree Hill actors Hilarie Burton and Sophia Bush gather around Bevin Prince after her husband dies in a lightning strike

A hill of trees Actors have shared their support for co-star Bevin Prince after her husband was killed by lightning.

William Friend, husband of Prince (who played Bevin Mirskey on the hit CW series), died Wednesday (July 6) at the age of 33.

Friend was on a boat near Masonboro Island, North Carolina, during a thunderstorm when he was hit.

According to local news station WECT-TV, paramedics spent 20 minutes trying to revive Friend, but he was pronounced dead in the ambulance.

Following news of his death, Sophia Bush – who portrayed Brooke on the show – shared her well wishes for Prince on social media.

“Heartbroken and at a loss… Our family is mourning the loss of one of us,” Bush wrote on Instagram. “Please lift @bevinprince in any way you can. show her the love she deserves; the love her husband always showed her.”

Hilarie Burton, who played Peyton Sawyer, also took to social media to post a photo of herself next to Prince and her co-star Daneel Ackles.

“[Prince] is light personified,” Burton wrote in the post shared Thursday (July 7). She called Friend’s death “unfathomable.”

William Friend (left) and Bevin Prince


“You and Will believed in Wilmington [the location where One Tree Hill was filmed] and the community there so much that they have moved down from NYC to open up during the pandemic [a fitness company] @recessbybevinprince,” wrote Burton, who encouraged his followers to donate to the Friend’s Memorial on a GoFundMe page if they are able to.

The GoFundMe for Friend memorial fund has already raised over $67,000 (£55,800) at the time of writing.

Ackles, who starred as Rachel Gatina on the series, shared a series of photos on Instagram on Thursday (July 7) to pay tribute to the couple.

“It’s hard to find the words to describe the loss of someone like you Will,” she wrote.

“You’ve done more in your 33 years than most will do in their lifetime. Her curiosity and enthusiasm for each new adventure was [sic] contagious.”


Ackles further praised Friend’s “way of encouraging people to push their limits and reach for potential” that only he could see.

She concluded: “Looking around at the home you have created and the beautiful memories and photographs that adorn you, I am so glad you found each other, if only for a while [sic], and lived in such love. We will miss you forever.”

Prince has yet to publicly address Friend’s death. One Tree Hill actors Hilarie Burton and Sophia Bush gather around Bevin Prince after her husband dies in a lightning strike


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