George Raymond Stevenson Cause of Death: What We Know So Far

George Raymond Stevenson, the Northern Irish actor best known for his roles in King Arthur, Rome, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, passed away on May 21, 2023, at the age of 58. His death shocked and saddened his fans and colleagues, who paid tribute to him on social media and in interviews. But what was the cause of his death? How did he die? Here is what we know so far.

Hospitalized in Italy

According to Variety, Stevenson was hospitalized during filming on the Italian island of Ischia, where he was working on the movie Cassino in Ischia. The movie, directed by Paolo Genovese, was a comedy about an action star who tries to revive his career by making a neo-realist film with Italian directors. Stevenson played the lead role of Nic Cassino, a three-time winner of “Best Yell in Action Film”

The details of his hospitalization and the exact cause of his death have not been revealed by his PR company Viewpoint, who confirmed his death to several news outlets. However, some sources have speculated that he may have suffered a heart attack or a stroke, as he had a history of high blood pressure and cholesterol

Unreleased Projects

Stevenson had many projects that were unreleased before his death. He was set to star as Baylan Skoll, a former Jedi turned to the dark side who allies with Grand Admiral Thrawn, in Disney+’s Ahsoka, a spin-off series from The Mandalorian. The series, starring Rosario Dawson as the titular character, was expected to premiere in late 2023 or early 2024. Stevenson had already filmed some scenes for the show, and it is unclear how his death will affect the production

His other posthumous credits will include films 1242: Gateway to the West, a historical drama about the Mongol invasion of Europe, and Cassino in Ischia, the movie he was working on when he died. He also voiced Gar Saxon, a Mandalorian warrior and Imperial loyalist, in the animated series Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Career and Personal Life

Stevenson was born in Lisburn in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on May 25, 1964, the second of three sons born to a British father and an Irish mother. His father was a Royal Air Force pilot. He moved to England with his family at the age of eight, and attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating at the age of 29.

He made his film debut in The Theory of Flight (1998) as a gigolo hired to help Helena Bonham Carter’s character lose her virginity. He gained recognition for his role as Dagonet, a knight of the round table who sacrifices his life for his comrades, in King Arthur (2004). He also starred as Titus Pullo, a loyal and charismatic Roman soldier, in the BBC/HBO television series Rome (2005–2007), which earned him critical acclaim and a loyal fan base.

He portrayed two Marvel Comics characters: Frank Castle / The Punisher in Punisher: War Zone (2008) and The Super Hero Squad Show and Volstagg, one of the Warriors Three, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2011–2017). His other films include Kill the Irishman (2011), where he portrayed mobster Danny Greene; The Three Musketeers (2011); and RRR (2022), where he portrayed the villainous Governor Scott. His television roles include Ukrainian mobster Isaak Sirko in the seventh season of Dexter, Blackbeard in the third and fourth seasons of Black Sails, and voicing Gar Saxon in Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Stevenson was married to English actress Ruth Gemmell for eight years and had 3 sons with Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia. He was known for being a gentle, humble, and generous person, who loved his family and his work. He was also passionate about environmental issues and animal rights. He died just four days before his 59th birthday.

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