Deezer D, who played nurse Malik McGrath on “ER,” has died. He was 55.
According to TMZ, the actor, whose real name was Dearon Thompson, was found unresponsive at his Los Angeles residence on Thursday.
While no official cause of death has been revealed, his brother believes Deezer passed away from a heart attack, the outlet noted.
The actor previously underwent open-heart surgery in 2009.
Deezer played nurse Malik throughout all 15 seasons of the long-running medical series. He appeared in the 1994 pilot and the 2009 series finale, noted TVLine.
Co-star Noah Wyle, who played Doctor John Carter on the NBC drama, paid tribute to Deezer in a touching Instagram post.
“I lost a dear friend yesterday,” Wyle captioned a pic of the late actor. “He was one of the most creative and charismatic men I’ve ever known and his gospel of positivity pulled us both up from many a dark place. I will miss him terribly. Please say a prayer for him and hold a loving thought for his family today.”
Julianna Margulies, who played Carol Hathaway, reshared the same post and added, “My heart is broken… A kind, decent, funny and fun man who always had your back.”
Deezer’s other roles include parts in “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,” “CB4,” “Bringing Down the House” and “Cool as Ice.”
In addition to acting, Deezer released a solo album entitled “Delayed, But Not Denied" in 2008.