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'Aliens,' 'The Dark Knight Rises' actor Jay Benedict dies at 68 from coronavirus

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 4/6/2020 Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY

Actor Jay Benedict, best known for his roles in 1986's "Aliens," 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises" and the U.K. TV series "Emmerdale," has died at 68 due to the coronavirus.

Jay Benedict attends the London Film and Comic Convention at Earls Court on July 19, 2008 in London, England. © Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage Jay Benedict attends the London Film and Comic Convention at Earls Court on July 19, 2008 in London, England. Kristin Tarry, of TCG Artist Management, confirmed the news of his death to USA TODAY Monday. She represented Benedict for the past 20-plus years.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family," the company tweeted on Saturday.

He leaves behind his wife, Phoebe Scholfield, and sons, Freddie and Leopold.

"Emmerdale" co-star Vicki Michelle shared a tribute for Benedict on Twitter Sunday.

"Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed. Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield," she tweeted along with a photo of her and Benedict. "My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time"

Actor David Menkin also shared his thoughts.

"Jay Benedict - one of the greats - passed away today. If you work in ADR, dubbing, voiceovers, theatre or film in London, you know why we're heartbroken; a big voice and even bigger personality has left us," he tweeted.

Other celebrities have also recently passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

Patricia Bosworth, an actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies on several stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, died Thursday due to the coronavirus at 86.

Emmy and Grammy-winning musician Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of the band Fountains of Wayne and songwriter for TV's "Crazy Ex Girlfriend," died Wednesday due to coronavirus complications. He was 52.

And legendary jazz pianist and teacher Ellis Marsalis Jr., the patriarch of New Orleans' great musical family, died Wednesday at 85 due to complications of coronavirus. And Lee Fierro, the actress best known for playing mourning Mrs. Kintner in Steven Spielberg's 1975 "Jaws," died of complications from coronavirus at 91.

Contributing: The Associated Press; Bryan Alexander

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