Actor Jay Benedict, best known for his roles in film Aliens and TV show Emmerdale, has died due to complications arising from the coronavirus. He was 68.
The actor died on April 4, a week before his 69th birthday, following a battle with the Covid-19 virus.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Benedict’s management team said, “It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay’s death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a Covid-19 infection (sic).”
The American actor was best known for playing Russ Jordan in James Cameron’s 1986 sci-fi epic Aliens, also featuring Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton.
In a career spanning four decades, Benedict also appeared in The Dark Knight Rises and played the role of John Kieffer, the US Army officer and friend of detective Christopher Foyle in British period drama Foyle’s War.