THE Walking Dead’s Dango Nguyen has died at the age of 48 following a battle with cancer.
The actor – who was also a firefighter – passed away on Saturday “after a hard-fought battle with cancer,” according to Georgia’s Athens-Clarke County Fire department.
Dango – who used the stage name Dango Nu Yen – played a guard who worked for The Governor on the show and fought with Rick Grimes in the third season of the hit show.
He was a sergeant with the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department for nearly 20 years.
The fire department shared the news on Facebook, writing: “It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our former firefighters.
“Dango was a sergeant with our department when he left to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and other interests.
But, once you’re a firefighter, you’re always part of our family. And Dango was a very well known member of our family.”
They continued: “He will always be remembered for his physical and mental strength. He was an aggressive and tenacious firefighter and first responder.
He was also an excellent fire officer.
“He carried out his service to our community with a high level of pride in his craft, as well as a competitive spirit that made everyone else that he worked with better too.”
He is survived by a wife, Michelle.