Fans and celebrities reflect on legacy of Reg E. Cathey after news of his death

Fans and celebrities are mourning the loss of award-winning actor Reg E. Cathey after news of his death broke Friday night. 

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Born in Huntsville, Alabama, the stage, film and TV actor studied theater at the University of Michigan and Yale School of Drama. He gained recognition for his roles in “The Wire,” “Oz” and “House of Cards,” which earned him an Emmy.

He died at age 59 and was reportedly battling cancer. 

As details regarding his death hit the internet, many flocked to social media to express their condolences and share their favorite memories of the famed trailblazer. 

Several said they were shocked to hear about his passing. Not everyone knew he had been battling the illness.

Others complimented his work ethic, sharing how much they enjoyed him onscreen and on stage. They heralded him as a pioneer and legend in the industry. 

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A few praised him for his dedication to his craft, while also reflecting on his gentle spirit. Many called him “kind” and “generous.”

A slew of celebrities chimed in, too, to write about how much they would miss him.

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