JAKARTA (tandaseru) – Aktor film The Dark Knight Rises, Jay Benedict dikabarkan meninggal dunia pada Sabtu (4/4) lalu, karena komplikasi Covid-19 di usia 68 tahun.
Hal tersebut diketahui dari laman resmi Benedict yang mengumumkan kematiannya yang disebabkan oleh virus corona.
“Dengan kesedihan mendalam, kami harus mengumumkan bahwa Jay meninggal pada 4 April karena penyakit komplikasi yang disebabkan oleh Covid-19,” tulis pernyataan tersebut.
Di samping itu, TCG Artist Management yang menaungi Jay, juga telah mengonfirmasi lewat media sosial Twitter.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family ❤️
— TCG ArtistManagement (@TCGArtist) April 4, 2020
Kepergian Benedict akibat Covid-19 ini, meninggalkan luka mendalam di hati aktor Pierce Brosnan. Melalui Instagram, bintang film James Bond itu mengenang sosok Benedict.
“Sahabatku, saudaraku, Jay Benedict, telah berpulang. Kami sudah berkawan selama, mungkin, 40 tahun. Foto ini diambil pada Mei (2019) di depan Lyric theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London,” tulis Brosnan.
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My dearest friend Jay Benedict, brother in this life, has passed on, slipped the mortal coils this day… we were friends for so many years, forty years and change. This is a photo taken last May outside the stage door of the Lyric theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue London …the stage door was tucked in right next door to the Old Windmill Theatre. Jay and I played brothers in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Filumena … He played Ricardo the shirt maker, I played Michele the plumber. We were on that Lyric stage for the best part of year….Life was so much fun with Jay, on stage and off, we laughed a lot at the world around us, at our selves, saw the funny side of life always. He was a courageous man of handsome life force, that shone its light in every room he walked into, down every road he traveled, he shared his joyful radiance of kinship with all who knew him, a fine mind of intellect and compassion, he gave of himself in every way to the craft of acting, but above all else, he gave us all his great love of life, himself. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his beloved wife Phoebe, his sons Leo and Freddie, my dearest God sons, peace be with you all dear hearts. Uncle Pierce
Selama berkarier, Jay Benedict menghiasi sejumlah film dan serial televisi. Sejak 1963, Benedict berperan di film Aliens, The Dark Knight Rises, Moonwalkers, dan I.T. Kepergian Jay Benedict meninggalkan seorang istri dan tiga orang anak.