Actor Granville Adams, best known for his role as Zahir Arif in HBO’s prison drama “Oz,” has died after a prolonged battle against cancer.
Tom Fontana, “Oz” showrunner and executive producer, On Sunday, Fontana paid tribute to Adams on Instagram by confirming the death of Adams and paying their respects. “Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest,” Fontana wrote beneath a photo of Adams.
“Oz” co-star Kirk Acevedo, who portrayed Miguel Alvarez in the HBO series, paid his condolences Follow us on Twitter, writing: “I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer, I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it.”
Acevedo stated, “Yo Granny, it’ll all be chopped up on one side,” Acevedo added. “Until then… Rest easy my friend.”
Harold Perrineau, who played Augustus Hill on “Oz,” wrote on Instagram: “You can’t always cry, sometimes you’ve got to CELEBRATE the time you had together.”
He wrote, “I love this man” and his entire family/friends. Rest well, Prince. We’ll see each other again.”
Adams starred in 48 “Oz” episodes from 1997 to 2003. After the cancellation of the TV series, Adams starred as Officer Jeff Westby from “Homicide: The Life on the Street” 1996-1999. He was also featured in “Homicide: The Movie 2000” after it ended. Adams was Det. Jones.
In December 2020, Adams announced he was battling cancer on Instagram when he shared a photo of himself from a hospital bed.
Fontana, along with actor Dean Richards, created a GoFundMe account to help the actor “unable to work” for the last year.
“Not only does he have to battle this ruthless disease, but now he has to fend off the hospital bills the insurance company refuses to pay,” the GoFundMe read. It surpassed its fundraising goal of $69,550 and has currently raised $99,982.
Adams continued his story on Instagram. Adams smiled through painstaking radiation treatment, and he beams when co-stars visit him in the hospital.
Following radiation treatment in July, Adams posted a hospital bed selfie and proclaimed himself “135 pounds of post radiation badness.”
An Instagram post from late June featured a a brilliant sky and a setting sun seen through Adams’ hospital window. “Enjoy today and all of its endlessly beautiful possibilities,” he wrote, adding a praying hands emoji.
“Oz” co-star Winters paid Adams a touching tribute on Instagram, writing that “his smile was infectious, his chuckle was intoxicating.”
Winters said, “He never spoke poorly of anybody and I challenge anyone who knew him” to add that. Granville was loved, per se. An humble, lovely soul that elevated the afterlife. Your friendship will always be remembered. “RIP G. You’re my brother.