Actor Khan Bonfils, known to Star Wars fans for playing Jedi Master Saesee Tiin in The Phantom Menace, has died suddenly during a play rehearsal.
According to reports Khan (also known as Kan) collapsed on Monday while rehearsing with the Craft Theatre Company for a new production of Dante’s Inferno.
Despite the best efforts of his fellow cast members, and the play’s director, as well as paramedics, they were unable to save his life.
‘Kan collapsed during a rehearsal and the director Rocky Rodriguez Jr, he performed CPR on location,’ said Craft Theatre spokesman Chris Hislop. ‘An ambulance was called out but unfortunately he couldn’t be resuscitated.’
A statement on the theatre company’s website says the production will move forward with a replacement for Bonfils, opening two days later on January 10.
“The entire company are in shock,” Craft Theatre spokesman Chris Hislop told The Daily Mail. “There is absolutely severe sadness. It is a real tragedy.”
Bonfils had a limited number of credits over the course of his career but appeared in two of the 20 highest-grossing films of all time: Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (1999) as Jedi master Saesee Tiin and 2012’s Skyfall. His other credits include Tomorrow Never Dies, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, Batman Begins and Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow.