Andrew Jack, the actor and dialect coach who appeared in Star Wars, has died after contracting COVID-19.
Jack, who has worked on over 80 motion pictures since 1982, was 76 when he passed away in a hospital in Surrey on Tuesday. Jack’s agent, Jill McCullough, confirmed the news in a statement.
“Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach,” McCullough said.
Given most of his career was working as a dialect coach, Jack, who was also fluent in Chinese and Japanese dialects, was handed a chance to work in front of the camera later in his career with appearances in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the role of Caluan Ematt. Shortly after, in 2018, he played his final film role by playing the voice of Moloch in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
His wife, Gabrielle Rogers, who is quarantined in Australia amid the pandemic, wrote: “Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus two days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 1st, more than 860,184 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 42,345 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.