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The Walking Dead star Dango Nguyen dies aged 48

9Honey Celebrity logo 9Honey Celebrity 6 days ago Christine Estera
a person holding a gun: Dango Nguyen played a bodyguard on 'The Walking Dead'. © AMC Dango Nguyen played a bodyguard on 'The Walking Dead'.

The Walking Dead actor Dango Nguyen has died following a "hard-fought battle" with cancer. He was just 48 years old. 

Nguyen was a former firefighter in his town of Georgia when he left the department after 20 years to become an actor. He played a bodyguard for Season 3 villain The Governor in the zombie thriller, and has had acting gigs in Meet the Browns and Banshee

"It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our former firefighters," read a statement from the Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services Facebook account on Saturday. "Dango was a sergeant with our department when he left to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and other interests. But, once you're a firefighter, you're always part of our family. And Dango was a very well known member of our family.

"He will always be remembered for his physical and mental strength. He was an aggressive and tenacious firefighter and first responder. He was also an excellent fire officer.

"He carried out his service to our community with a high level of pride in his craft, as well as a competitive spirit that made everyone else that he worked with better too."

Nguyen is survived by his wife, Michelle, and family and friends. 

"He touched many lives. We will all remember his quick wit, high energy, and unwavering determination," his colleagues wrote in the post. "We all aspire to be 'Dango Strong'".

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