Co-star Kirk Acevedo was the one who broke the news of his passing.
Actor Granville Adams – who starred as Zahir Arif on HBO’s “Oz,” died at the age of 58 after his battle with cancer. His co-star Kirk Acevedo affirmed his passing on Sunday in a sincere Instagram post.
“I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer. I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it.” He adds, “Yo Granny we’ll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then… Rest easy my friend.”
Adams appeared to announce his diagnosis back in December of last year, posting a photograph of himself in a hospital bed, with a caption, “F*** CANCER!” He kept on imparting updates with his last shared in July with the caption, “135 pounds of post radiation badness.”
“Oz” creator Tom Fontana took to social media to pay tribute to the late entertainer, “Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest #granvilleadams #oz”
Aside from starring as Zahir Arif – a Muslim inmate who served as a lieutenant to Kareem Said on HBO’s “Oz” in dozens of episodes during its run from 1997 to 2003, he also starred the movie “Empire,” “Magic City Memoirs,” and as Officer Jeff Westby on the NBC series “Homicide: Life on the Street from 1996 to 1999,” which he later reprised the character in the big-screen spin-off, “Homicide: The Movie.”