How did Granville Adams die? ‘Oz’ star, 58, paid medical bills via GoFundMe

A GoFundMe page was set up last year by Tom Fontana along with ‘Oz’ star Dean Winters with to help Granville Adams and his family

                            How did Granville Adams die? ‘Oz’ star, 58, paid medical bills via GoFundMe
Granville Adams played Zahir Arif on the HBO show ‘Oz’ (Photo by [email protected])

Granville Adams famous for his portrayal of Zahir Arif on the HBO show ‘Oz’ breathed his last on Sunday, October 10. He was 58. The actor passed away after a long battle with cancer. The news of his demise was confirmed by late actor’s multiple friends including ‘Oz’s showrunner and executive producer Tom Fontana, and costars Kirk Acevedo and Harold Perrineau.

The actor is survived by his wife, Christina. A GoFundMe page was set up last year by Fontana along with ‘Oz’ star Dean Winters with an intention to help the actor and his family fight the battle. The GoFundMe page managed to clock close to $100K so far. Adams was unable to work since 2020 and the GoFundMe page claimed that all the donations would go to his loved ones. Speaking of celebrity deaths, we recently lost Lisa Banes in a hit-and-run accident involving an e-scooter. The 'Deliverance' star Ned Beatty too left us for the heavenly abode. Other celebrities that we lost in the last few months included Chick Vennera, DMX, Jeanette Maus, and many more.
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How did Granville Adams die?

Adams apparently announced his diagnosis for the first time in December last year when he took to Instagram to share a picture of himself in a hospital bed. He had captioned the post as, “F*** CANCER!" The actor later posted another picture after a few months from the hospital with the caption, “Here we go! See you on the other side” followed by emoticons of folded hands and a red heart. His last post came in July again from the hospital where his fans could see him going under the treatment. He had captioned the post, “135 pounds of post radiation badness.” Apart from ‘Oz’, Adams also had a recurring role on the NBC series ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ where he played the role of Officer Jeff Westby. He was also seen in movies like ‘Empire’ and ‘Magic City Memoirs’.

While paying tribute to the actor, Oz’s showrunner and executive producer Fontana shared his photo on Instagram and wrote, “Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest.” His co-star Kirk Acevedo took to Twitter to share a heartfelt post. “I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer. I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it. Yo Granny we’ll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then…Rest easy my friend.” Dean Winters took to Instagram to share the last message for his late friend. ““I first met Granny in 1992 and I immediately drank the Kool Aid. His smile was infectious, his chuckle was intoxicating. He never, ever spoke ill of anyone and I defy anyone who know him to say anything negative about this man. Granville was beloved, period.”

The GoFundMe page claimed the actor and his family had difficulties in paying the medical bills. “As many of you know, our friend and brother Granville Adams has been diagnosed with cancer.  In only a few months, the medical bills have skyrocketed to astronomical levels. Not only does he have to battle this ruthless disease, but now he has to fend off the hospital bills the insurance company refuses to pay.” It further said, “In this quarter alone, the unpaid bills have piled up to $69,550.  We want to gather together and show Granville our love by clearing this quarter’s bills, giving Granville concrete support in his fight against this vicious disease.”





‘He’ll always be our Zahir Arif to every OZ fan’

Social media users took to Twitter to share their condolences for the late actor. “I just heard #GranvilleAdams has passed. Amazing actor on Oz and for all of New York. Requiescat in Pace”, said one as another added, “He’ll always be our Zahir Arif to every OZ fan who loves the show like I do. Rest peacefully Granville Adams, you will be missed.” One user tweeted, “Sincere condolences to you and his family. Sadly I really only saw him in Oz but he was one of the outstanding performers in that. R.I.P. Granville Adams.”
One person said, “Oz" was and is one of my all-time favorite shows. My jaw dropped when I saw this, I'm so sorry for your loss. My dad passed from cancer, so I know this COULD be considered a blessing for Granville, but still...terrible news.” While, another concluded, “Isn’t it about time to find a cure for this horrible cancer? Why does it take so long while so many good ppl are lost?”












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