Miguel Ferrer, who starred on NCIS: Los Angeles and Crossing Jordan, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 61.
Surrounded by close friends and family, the veteran actor passed away Thursday in his home after a battle with cancer.
Born Feb. 7, 1955 to singer and actress Rosemary Clooney and Academy Award winner Jose Ferrer, the actor — who was cousin to George Clooney — previously starred as Dr. Garret Macy on CBS’ Crossing Jordan from 2001-2007 and starred as Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles since 2012 up until the time of his death.
The veteran actor was given the option of ending his run on NCIS: Los Angeles as his cancer worsened last year, but he wanted to keep working. His diagnosis quickly started to affect his voice, so the writers wrote his cancer into the show.
“Today, NCIS: Los Angeles lost a beloved family member,” NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner R. Scott Gemmill told PEOPLE in a statement. “Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family. He will be greatly missed.”
Ferrer, who appeared in the original Twin Peaks TV series, will return in the upcoming revival as his original character of Albert Rosenfield.
George Clooney has remembered his late cousin in a statement to PEOPLE.
“Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer. But not lost to his family,” Clooney said in the statement.
“Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison,” Clooney continued. “We love you Miguel. We always will.”
He is survived by his wife Lori, and sons Lukas and Rafi, whom he felt were his most important accomplishments in life.
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