Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

Granville Adams, best known for playing a Muslim inmate in HBO’s dark prison drama Oz, has died at the age of 58.

The actor, who also had a recurring role in the acclaimed series Homicide: Life On The Streets, had battled cancer before his death.

The news was first announced Sunday by Adams’ Oz costar Kirk Acevedo on his Twitter account.

TV star: Granville Adams, best known for playing a Muslim inmate in HBO's dark prison drama Oz, has died at the age of 58;  seen on Oz

TV star: Granville Adams, best known for playing a Muslim inmate in HBO’s dark prison drama Oz, has died at the age of 58; seen on Oz

‘I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer,’ he began. ‘I’m not doing well with losses because I’m not aware of it. Yo Granny, we’ll chop it up on the other side one day. Until then … calm down, my friend. ‘

Adams first seemed to share his cancer diagnosis in December 2020, when he posted an Instagram photo of himself masked in a hospital bed and simply wrote it: ‘F *** CANCER!’

The actor shared several selfies in recent months as he continued to receive treatment for his cancer and he seemed to remain optimistic as he battled the disease.

However, Adams apparently struggled to pay his medical bills and had not been able to work during the entire pandemic.

Old friends: The news was first announced Sunday by Adams' Oz costar Kirk Acevedo on his Twitter account

Old friends: The news was first announced Sunday by Adams’ Oz costar Kirk Acevedo on his Twitter account

Defiant: Adams first seemed to share his cancer diagnosis in December 2020 when he posted an Instagram photo of himself masked in a hospital bed and simply wrote: 'F *** CANCER!'

Defiant: Adams first seemed to share his cancer diagnosis in December 2020, when he posted an Instagram photo of himself masked in a hospital bed and simply wrote: ‘F *** CANCER!’

In January of this year, Adams’ Oz costar Dean Winters and the show’s creator and executive producer Tom Fontana teamed up to set up a GoFundMe to help cover his hospital bills as well as rent and other necessities.

Although the target was originally set at $ 69,550, the campaign had raised nearly $ 100,000 at the time of his death.

Oz was the actor’s most enduring series, running for six seasons and 56 episodes – 48 of which starred in – on HBO.

The grim prison drama was hailed by critics, though its tireless dour tone and sometimes extreme violence could extinguish the audience.

Adams was credited as a guest on the series ‘first two seasons, beginning in 1997, before being promoted to a supporting player until the series’ end in 2003.

He acted as Zahir Arif, deputy commander of Kareem Saïd (Eamonn Walker), who led a group of Muslims in a fictitious male prison.

Helping Hand: In January of this year, Adams' Oz costar Dean Winters (center left) and series creator and executive producer Tom Fontana teamed up to set up a GoFundMe to help cover their hospital bills

Helping Hand: In January of this year, Adams’ Oz costar Dean Winters (center left) and series creator and executive producer Tom Fontana teamed up to set up a GoFundMe to help cover their hospital bills

Support: Although the target was originally set at $ 69,550, the campaign had raised nearly $ 100,000 at the time of his death

Support: Although the target was originally set at $ 69,550, the campaign had raised nearly $ 100,000 at the time of his death

Adams’ other major role was in NBC’s gruesome police drama Homicide: Life On The Streets, which was also produced by Fontana.

He appeared in 11 episodes from 1996–1999 as Officer Jeff Westby, and he repeated the role of Homicide: The Movie in 2000 after the end of the series.

His other roles were in the 2002 film Empire and 2011’s Magic City Memoirs.

In 2007, the actor ran into legal trouble when he was allegedly involved in the death of another man named Orlando Valle in a club.

According to ABC, Adams, who runs the nightclub, pushed Valle against a set of elevator doors during an altercation, but the doors opened after the shock and he plunged to his death down the elevator.

Adam’s lawyer claimed the fight was a matter of self-defense as his client had tried to break up a fight when Valle allegedly attacked him from behind.

The charges against the actor were dropped later in 2007, although Valle’s family initiated a civil case against him.

Adams leaves behind his wife Christina.

Before starring in Oz, Adam's Officer Jeff Westby starred in Homicide: Life On The Streets, and he appeared in the 2002 film Empire and 2011's Magic City Memoirs;  seen in 2003

Before starring in Oz, Adam’s Officer Jeff Westby starred in Homicide: Life On The Streets, and he appeared in the 2002 film Empire and 2011’s Magic City Memoirs; seen in 2003

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