Khan Bonfils dies after collapsing during a theater rehearsal in London. Bonfils, who appeared as Jedi master in the Star Wars franchise as well as James Bond films, was 42, according to The Inquisitr. Director Rocky Rodriguez Jr performed CPR, according to the company’s spokesman Chris Hislop.
“The entire company are in shock … There is absolutely severe sadness, it is a real tragedy. There is absolutely severe sadness, it is a real tragedy.”
Before the actor died, Khan Bonfils was given CPR by members of the Craft Theatre company and paramedics, but were unable to resuscitate him. The cause of his death is not known. Dante’s Inferno is set to continue with another actor.
“It was due to open on Thursday. If things go to plan and if the incoming actor is able to do the job we are hoping to open on Saturday,” Hislop said.
Khan Bonfils’ death has shocked many fans. There is only speculation on how the actor died, which is showing up on the social media networks, according to the Daily Mail. People who are close to the actor say they knew nothing about any illnesses or medical problems.
“An ambulance was called out but unfortunately he couldn’t be resuscitated. … The entire company are in shock. There is absolute severe sadness; it is a real tragedy.”
Bonfils was a longtime hand in both theater and action films, but perhaps his best-known role came in 1999, when he starred opposite Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor as Saesee Tiin in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.” His character, a member of the Jedi High Council that wielded a green light saber, died during the attempted arrest of a villain. Bonfils also had a role in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies.
Afterward, Bonfils got cast as a guard in “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” in 2003, and “Batman Begins” in 2005 as a member of the League of Shadows. He was also a henchman in 2012’s “Skyfall.”
Khan Bonfils’ death happened so fast that some of his colleagues say it’s surreal. He has also performed in the West End: Miss Saigon at Drury Lane, Theatre Royal London and The King & I at London Palladium where he performed the lead with Elaine Paige, notes the Daily Express. Bonfils also had a brief modeling career, before starting acting, modeling for Michiko Kochino, Hermes, Oswald Boateng and others.