Rob Garrison, the actor most well known for having played the role of Tommy in the original The Karate Kid film, has died at the age if 59.
The news of Garrisons’ death has been confirmed by Garrison’s representative, Rick Henriques, who explained that the actor was recently hospitalised after repeated kidney and liver problems.
“Rob was a great person and ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy,” Henriques said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “His performance in Season 2 of Cobra Kai, being his last, was simply amazing and he stole the episode. He will be missed by me and everyone he encountered.”
Ralph Macchio, Garrison’s Karate Kid co-star, also released a statement: “This is a sad day for the Karate Kid / Cobra Kai family. Rob Garrison was a kind gentleman from the first day I met him to the last day we spoke. I am so glad he had the opportunity to show his range and genuine heart with his performance last season on Cobra Kai.”
He added: “His campfire scene in Ep. 206 was truly one of my favourites of Season Two. My thoughts are with his friends and family.”
Garrison’s family have confirmed that the actor died Friday morning at a hospital in West Virginia.