American actor, Clark Middleton, who starred in The Blacklist and Twin Peaks movies, has died after contracting West Nile virus.
West Nile virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, mostly species of Culex.
The actor who had also featured in movies like Law and Order, Kill Bill: Vol 2, Sin City, Snowpiercer and Birdman, died on Sunday at the age of 63.
“With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a life eminently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend,” Middleton’s widow, Elissa said in a statement.
“Clark transitioned on October 4th as a result of West Nile Virus, for which there is no known cure. Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities,” she added.
The deceased had lived with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since he was four years old and became a spokesperson for The Arthritis Foundation.
When he was alive, he had told an interviewer how the disease had distorted his hands, snapped his hip and left him unable to move his neck.
“But I never thought of myself as a victim, I always felt like a hero because I survived each bad time,” he had said.