‘Oz’ Star Granville Adams Dead at 58 After Battle With Cancer

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 The Complete Third Season DVD, successful  New York connected  Feb. 24, 2004. (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Actor Granville Adams (C) appears astatine Tower Lincoln Center to motion copies of OZ: The Complete Third Season DVD, successful New York connected Feb. 24, 2004. (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

By Kate Feldman
From New York Daily News

Granville Adams, who starred arsenic inmate Zahir Arif connected HBO’s situation amusement “Oz,” has died, 10 months aft announcing helium had been diagnosed with cancer.

He was 58.

“After a agelong hard-fought conflict with cancer, Granny has ascended to the heavens,” his household wrote connected Instagram Monday.

“Granny is present successful bid and not suffering anymore. He fought till the extremity with a strength, beauty, and grace similar nary other, putting his household earlier himself til the last moments. Granville would not privation america to beryllium sad! Granny would privation america each to grin and retrieve the champion times we had with him, and stock the emotion we learned from him! Granny whitethorn person near the building, but helium volition everlastingly beryllium successful our hearts!”

His wife, Christina, was astatine his bedside erstwhile helium died.

Before “Oz,” connected which helium appeared successful astir each episode, Adams besides had roles successful “Homicide: Life connected the Street” and the consequent movie arsenic Officer Jeff Westby and the 2002 movie “Empire.”

“I archetypal met Granny successful 1992 and I instantly drank the Kool Aid,” “Oz” co-star Dean Winters wrote connected Instagram.

“His grin was infectious, his chuckle was intoxicating. He never, ever spoke sick of anyone and I defy anyone who knew him to accidental thing antagonistic astir this man. Granville was beloved, period. He whitethorn arsenic good person had radical throwing roseate petals astatine his feet portion helium walked down the street. A humble, beauteous psyche who conscionable elevated the afterlife to a full caller level. You volition beryllium missed my friend. You are my member and I’m a amended quality being for knowing you.”

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