Oz star Granville Adams has died aged 58 after a battle with cancer.
Granville portrayed Zahir Arif in HBO’s American drama series created by Tom Fontana, which is set inside a fictional men’s prison.
The actor’s family announced the news of his death in a statement shared on his social media, confirming that he was surrounded by his loved ones in his final days.
‘Today our beloved Granville Adams has passed and is now with God,’ a statement shared on Adams’ Instagram read.
‘After a long hard-fought battle with cancer, Granny has ascended to the heavens. Gran spent his last days surrounded by his loved ones, family, and close friends. His wife Christina was by his side the entire time and was alone with him when he passed.
‘Granny is now in peace and not suffering anymore. He fought till the end with a strength, beauty and grace like no other, putting his family before himself til the final moments. We are all so honored to have known Granville, who embodies the expression “to know him is to love him.”’
The post continued: ‘Everyone who knew Granville knew the exemplary human kindness he possessed. Every life he touched was better for it. Granville was a beautiful man who always put others first and was known for his kindness and selflessness.
‘Always the life of the party, Granville would not want us to be sad! Granny would want us all to smile and remember the best times we had with him, and share the love we learned from him! Granny may have left the building, but he will forever be in our hearts!
‘Just before he passed, we asked him to show us a sign when he crossed to the other side. After he passed the friends and family who were there at the hospice and hospital went to eat and reminisce about Granny. As we were sitting and eating, there was a torrential downpour which subsided after 30 minutes only to reveal a brilliant double rainbow right in front of us. We knew in that moment it was Granny, spreading love as he does… We love you Gran always and forever!’
The post concluded with Adams’ family asking his friends and fans to ‘love each other the way Granville loved all of us’.
Tributes have been flooding in for the late star, with his Oz co-star Kirk Acevedo writing: ‘I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer. I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it.
‘Yo Granny we’ll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then… Rest easy my friend. Granville Adams.’
Harold Perrineau added: ‘You can’t always cry, sometimes you’ve got to CELEBRATE the time you had together. Brittany and I LOVE this man and the entire group of family/friends that we all created. Sleep well Prince! We’ll see each other again.’
Granville played guest character Zahir in seasons one and two of Oz, before returning for the final three chapters as a supporting role.
Zahir, a Muslim inmate and former drug addict, is sentenced to 18 years behind bars for an assault. In prison, he undergoes a spiritual transformation and is one of the most well-behaved prisoners in the series.
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