Granville Adams, best known for starring roles in Oz and Homicide, has died at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer. The sad news was shared by the actor's Oz co-star Kirk Acevedo, who along with Oz showrunner Tom Fontana also paying tribute to the star on his own Twitter account. Adams was initially diagnosed with the disease in December last year, and he shared the news with his followers by posting the simple caption "F-CK CANCER!" which accompanied a picture of him in a hospital bed.
Acevedo wrote in his 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. Yo Granny we'll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then... Rest easy my friend." Fontana added his own post to Instagram, saying "Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest."
Acevedo went on to share memories of Adams and times they had shared together. Across three posts he wrote, "He's nickname for me was Kirk Killa. Only one that called me that. "Yo! What up Kirk Killa!" We had our dressing rooms side by side on OZ and we tore down the wall that separated our rooms so we'd have the VIP Suite of dressing rooms! PlayStation, Fridge, Bar We had it all. PlayStation threw us a party in the Hampton's on July 4th. We were lit Woozy face before we even made it out of NYC! I threw Granny in the Pool with his clothes on & phone in his pocket.Then we played basketball sopping wet & @HaroldPerrineau tried 2 dunk the ball & popped his Achilles. The whole time Granny and I are telling Harold, "Nah! You good son! That's just a sprained ankle!" No one wanted to go to the hospital we were having so much fun. We kept giving Harold liquor all weekend. Fun times!"
Adams appeared in 48 episodes of the HBO series Oz as Zahir Arif, one of the inmates of Oswald State Correctional Facility, between 1997 and 2003. His other best known role was as Officer Jeff Westby in NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street, which he reprised in 2000 for Homicide: The Movie. His other screen role was as Detective Jones in the series Empire in 2002.
Dean Winters, who also starred with Adams in Oz, was also quickly on his own social media account to pay his respects to his friend and co-star. Winters, along with Fontana, created a GoFundMe page earlier this year to help pay for Adams' treatment, and the total raised currently stands at $99,882.
"All of my photos of Granville Adams were lost, except for this one. How fitting is this? Us on the cover of TWILO magazine (@chris_meloni our middle man)," Winters wrote. "We shot this on a Monday after being there all day Sunday, we were like young Lion Cubs who constantly broke away from the pack, only to come back to the tribe with our tails between our legs and gigantic, sh-t eating grins. I first met Granny in 1992 and I immediately drank the Kool-Aid. His smile was infectious, his chuckle was intoxicating. He never, ever spoke ill of anyone and I defy anyone who knew him to say anything negative about this man. Granville was beloved, period. He may as well have had people throwing rose petals at his feet while he walked down the street. A humble, beautiful soul who just elevated the afterlife to a whole new level. You will be missed my friend. You are my brother and I'm a better human being for knowing you RIP G. Respect."
Among the many messages of support and condolences posted on the back of Acevedo's Twitter post, fans of the actor were joined by director James Gunn, who posted a simple heart in his message, and star of the Chucky TV series Devon Sawa, who simply said, "Sorry dude." Our thoughts are obviously with Adams' friends, family and colleagues at this time.