HBOs Oz actor Granville Adams passes away after losing battle against cancer

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Granville Adams has passed away at the age of 58 after losing his battle against cancer.

The Hollywood actor was famed for his role as Zahir Arif on HBO's Oz from 1997 to 2003.

Granville first announced his diagnosis in December of last year, taking to Instagram to share a photo of himself in a hospital bed and captioning it: "F**K CANCER!"

His Oz co-stars started a GoFundMe to help the star and his family with their mounting hospital bills.

At the time they wrote: "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….

"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.”

The last update to the page in February shows they had raised more than $95,000.

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Oz showrunner and executive producer Tom Fontana took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late actor, writing: “Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest,” alongside a photo of Granville.

His Oz co-stars Dean Winters and Kirk Acevedo also paid tribute.

Dean wrote on Instagram: “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.”

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He described Adams as “a humble, beautiful soul who just elevated the afterlife to a whole new level.”

“You will be missed my friend. You are my brother and Im’ a better human being for knowing you,” he concluded.

Kirk added: "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.”

Granville also starred in Homicide: Life on the Streets, the movie Empire and Magic City Memoirs.

He is survived by his wife Christina.

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