Romy Walthall, the actor most commonly recognised as the star of John Woo’s 1997 film Face/Off, has died at the age of 57.
The news of Walthall’s death was confirmed by her son, Morgan Krantz, who explained that the actor suffered a cardiac arrest on May 19th.
Shortly after the confirmation, Walthall’s daughterm Isabella Israel, paid tribute to her mother with a statement issued to social media: “I’ve resigned myself to the fact that there will never be any appropriate combination of earthly words to accurately describe my mother. You just had to be there to get it,” she wrote.
Adding: “She was everything at once. She was my first love. She was the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen and she was wicked and fun and light and dark and she possessed the kind of magic that you truly just don’t see. I will always always always love you ferociously.”
Walthall, who also earned plaudits for her performance in Jerry Bruckheimer’s 1984 thriller Thief of Hearts, will be more fondly remembered for playing the role of Kimberly alongside John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in Face/Off.
Walthall’s son, Theodore Dudley, added to the tributes: “The love and wisdom you gave me will never expire. You will always be an inspiration to me. You taught me to never give up. You taught me to not take no for an answer. You taught me to be true to myself. You always rooted for me, because you knew I can do anything. You instilled in me my warrior spirit.
“Thank you for bringing me onto earth. Love you. Rest in peace. I’ll see you in the stars.”
See the tribute, below.