Bert Belasco, who starred on the BET sitcom Let’s Stay Together, has died at the age of 38.
The actor’s body was found on Sunday in a Richmond, Virginia hotel room where he was quarantining while filming an upcoming movie, Belasco’s father told TMZ.
The official cause of death has not yet been released, however, the actor’s dad said his death may have been caused by an aneurysm.
From 2011 to 2014, Belasco starred on the BET comedy series as protagonist Charles Whitmore.
Some of his co-stars took to social media Monday to express their grief over the shocking news.
Actress Nadine Ellis, who played Belasco’s on-screen wife on Let’s Stay Together, called him her “partner in crime.”
“A gentle GIANT went home last night. Bert Belasco, I’m SO sad your light & talent was taken too soon and YOU had so much to give. I was blessed to have you as my partner in crime on set everyday on #letsstaytogether,” Ellis captioned a photo with Belasco.
Jackée Harry, who also appeared on the series, tweeted her condolences: “Heartbroken at the passing of Bert Belasco – a talented, kind young man who I had the pleasuring of working with numerous times on #LetsStayTogether. Squeeze your loved ones tight! Tomorrow is never promised.”
Fellow LST alum RonReaco Lee added on Instagram, “Beyond saddened by the sudden passing of Bert Belasco. One of the kindest people I’ve ever met.”
Belasco had 23 acting credits across film and television, including appearances on shows such as I’m Dying Up Here, Fox’s Pitch, Lifetime’s American Princess, Superstore, The Mick, The Soul Man, No Names, The Big Show Show, NCIS, Key & Peele, and Justified.