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Miguel Ferrer, 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Star, Dies at 61

by Alex Ungerman 1:44 PM PST, January 19, 2017
Playing Miguel Ferrer, 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Star, Dies at 61

NCIS: Los Angeles star Miguel Ferrer died peacefully in his home on Thursday morning after battling cancer. He was 61.

"Today, NCIS: Los Angeleslost a beloved family member," R. Scott Gemmill, the CBS crime procedural's showrunner said in a statement to ET. "Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family. He will be greatly missed."

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Ferrer was a prolific actor, who appeared in over 40 movies and many TV shows during his 37-year career. The actor was also a cousin and lifelong friend to George Clooney.

"Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer," Clooney said in a statement regarding his cousin's death. "But not lost to his family. Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."

In addition to acting, Ferrer was an adept studio musician, who played drums with artists such as Bing Crosby and Keith Moon.

Ferrer will posthumously appear in NCIS: Los Angeles, as well as the revival of Twin Peaks, where the actor reprises his role from the David Lynch-directed 1990s series.

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He is survived by his wife, Lori, sons, Lukas and Rafi, as well as his brothers and sisters.

Rest in peace, Miguel.

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