Artist faced a long battle with cancer; former colleagues mourn death
The actor Granville Adams, known primarily for his role as Zahir Arif on the channel’s OZ series HBO, died at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. Adams was present in the six seasons of OZ, in a total of 48 episodes, playing a character who was arrested for possession of stolen objects and who, in jail, converts to Islam and becomes one of the calmest inmates in the place. The actor was also in the series ‘Homicide: Vida na Rua’ and appeared in ‘Empire’. In 2007, Adams was charged with manslaughter over a fight at a nightclub, but his lawyer pleaded self-defense and the prosecution failed to prove negligence on the artist’s part, so he was released.
Earlier this year, OZ creator Tom Fontana and actor Dean Winter, who was on the show, created a virtual kitty to help Adams with treatment costs, and they got a good response: they exceeded the set target of US$ $69.5 thousand and reached $99,800 while medical care continued until Adams’ death. This Sunday, the two lamented the death of their colleague. “Good night, sweet prince / and angels’ flights sing to you to rest” wrote Fontana. “I met him in 1994 and immediately liked him. His smile was infectious, his laugh was intoxicating. He never, ever spoke ill of anyone and I challenge anyone who has met him to say something negative about this man. Granville was loved, period… A humble and beautiful soul who has just taken the afterlife to a whole new level. We’ll miss you, my friend,” Winters said. Another OZ actor, Kirk Acevedo, also lamented. “I lost my brother today after a long battle with cancer. I don’t do well with losses because I’m not familiar with it. Hey man, let’s meet on the other side one day. Until then… Rest, my friend”, he said.