'Evil Dead II' and 'Spider-Man 2' Actor Danny Hicks Dies at 68

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Danny Hicks, who played redneck Jake in the 1987 comedic horror film “Evil Dead II,” has passed away after a battle with cancer.

He was 68.

“Danny passed away at his home in CA. We love you Danny, rest easy my friend,” Hicks’ management team Full Empire Productions posted on Facebook.

Hicks starred in 36 movies including “Spider-Man 2” and “Darkman,” per The New York Post.

His death comes just a short month after Hicks shared his stage 4 cancer diagnosis on Facebook. He told fans had “approximately 1 to 3 years to live.”

“To all of the people that I never got to meet, and the 6,018 die hard fans that enjoyed my work. I have some bad news,” he wrote. “I have been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer,” he wrote in the post.

“But I gotta tell ya, I sure as hell packed a whole bunch of living into my 68 years,” he added.

Shortly after the diagnosis, Hicks’ friend Dominic Mancini gave an update on his health, explaining that he was deteriorating and sounded “weak and exhausted” when they spoke, per Page Six.

“He said he was not sleeping or eating due to being in so much pain. I could not keep him on the phone longer than 3 to 4 minutes,” Mancini, who started a Go Fund Me page to help with the actor’s medical bills, noted.

“Let us all bond together like the horror community always does in the face of real-life horror,” Mancini wrote on the page. “Let’s help one of our beloved horror icons of the 80’s, and repay him for all the love, work, and laughs he has brough [sic] us, and will bring us forever – through his legacy and footprint in the genre that we all love so much.”

On June 18, Mancini updated fans that Hicks suffered a “bad fall.” He landed in the ER before getting sent home with hospice care.

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