Star Wars actor dies during play rehearsal

2015-01-09 18:00
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London - Actor Kan Bonfils, who appeared in James Bond movie Skyfall and as a Jedi master in the Star Wars franchise, has died during a theatre rehearsal.

The actor was rehearsing for a stage production of Dante's Inferno, due to open in a London theatre this week, when he collapsed on Monday.

The Craft Theatre shared the sad news on their Twitter account:

Chris Hislop, spokesman for the Craft Theatre company, said on Thursday that the play's director performed CPR on Bonfils but the actor could not be resuscitated. He said the cause of death is not yet known.

Hislop was not able to confirm Bonfils' age, which was reportedly 42.

Bonfils appeared as Jedi master Saesee Tiin in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. Other credits include Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life and Batman Begins.

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