Bert Belasco has passed away. The star of BET's Let's Stay Together was 38-years old. Bert Belasco Sr. confirmed the news this morning, confirming that his son was found dead in a Virginia hotel room. Belasco was quarantining for two weeks in the hotel room for an upcoming starring role. As of this writing, no cause of death has been revealed, but Belasco Sr. has said that he believes that it could have been a fatal aneurysm.
Bert Belasco's girlfriend could not get ahold of him and decided to call the hotel to see if they could do a wellness check. The news has left Belasco's friends and family devasted. "I am gutted by this news. Bert was my friend," Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted. "We had JUST talked last week. He was happy and excited about his new project and all the good that was to come. No day is promised," she added. "NO DAY."
Bert Belasco was best-known for his portrayal of Charles Whitmore on BET's Let's Stay Together, but he also appeared in a number of other roles over the years. He showed up on an episode of Key & Peele and starred in Pitch, where he played Sonny Evers. He also had roles in The Soul Man, NCIS: New Orleans, I'm Dying Up Here, New Orleans, Superstore, The Mick, and several more. His Let's Stay Together co-star RonReaco Lee had this to say about Belasco's passing.
"Beyond saddened by the sudden passing of Bert Belasco. One of the kindest people I've ever met. If you knew Bert, you knew 2 things: He loved the movie Ghostbusters and he LOVED acting. Bert loved acting more than any actor I've ever met. And he was DAMN good at it too. There wasn't a scene we shared that I didn't enjoy. My prayers are with his Dad, his Step Mom and the rest of his family and friends. Rest well my Brother... certainly gone too soon."
Actress Jackee Harry also mourned the loss of Belasco on social media. She said, "Heartbroken at the passing of Bert Belasco - a talented, kind young man who I had the pleasuring of working with numerous times on Lets Stay Together. Squeeze your loved ones tight! Tomorrow is never promised." Fans of Belasco are mourning his loss on social media, with many of them in shock since he just turned 38.
Bert Belasco graduated from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale in where he earned his degree in 2005. During his time at SIUC, he starred in Home, a play directed by Segun Ojewuyi. The play centered on "a man's search for himself." He also played the lead in a number of other stage productions, including The Greenbird and Parade. Belasco also spent some time at Chicago's Second City. TMZ was the first to report on the passing of Bert Belasco.