Actor Jay Benedict, known for his roles in “Aliens” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” died from COVID-19, according to his website.
“It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay’s death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection,” which is caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, the website said. He was 68 years old.
And his agency, TCG ArtistManagement, wrote: “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.”
Benedict’s friend, “Allo Allo” actress Vicki Michelle, described Benedict as a “kind lovely man.”
Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed. Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield #AlloAllo My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time #PhoebeScholfield @FreddieBenedict #LeoBenedict #SyncorSwim #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/YJ7nn25ftv
— Vicki Michelle (@vickimichelle) April 5, 2020
Benedict was married to actress Phoebe Schofield. They had two children together, according to reports.
“Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed. Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield #AlloAllo My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time,” Michelle also wrote on Twitter.
His website noted that Benedict appeared in numerous films over the years.
“In addition, his voice can be heard on video games, documentaries and TV and radio adverts, as well as in innumerable lifts, theatre foyers and other public spaces. The irritatingly soothing voice requesting that you take your seat and switch off your mobile phone is quite probably him: so now you know who to blame,” the website says.