Actress Annie Wersching, who voiced the character Tess in the 2013 video game The Last of Us and was in 37 episodes of TV drama 24, has died aged 45.
“You left us way too soon,” said The Last Of Us creator Neil Druckmann, confirming the news on Twitter.
24 star Kiefer Sutherland called her “a beautiful person” and “my friend”, and said “my heart breaks” for her family.
The actress, who also appeared in Star Trek, was diagnosed with cancer in 2020.
The world lost a light today @Wersching was one of the greatest actors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and my friend. My heart breaks for her young family. May she be remembered for the beautiful person that she was.
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) January 30, 2023
Her career began in 2002 with an appearance in an episode of Star Trek Enterprise, playing Liana. She also played the Borg Queen in six episodes of Star Trek: Picard last year.
Wersching, who was born in Missouri, appeared in US TV shows including Frasier, Charmed, General Hospital, The Vampire Diaries and The Rookie.
Alexi Hawley, showrunner for The Rookie, shared a fundraising page for the actress’s family, saying: “Such sad news. Annie was part of The Rookie family. A special person and true talent who brought joy to our set and elevated every scene she was in.”
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Julie Plec, The Vampire Diaries’ showrunner, added: “I became a fan from 24 and was lucky to be able to have Annie play mama to two of the hottest vamps in town… RIP Annie, you wonderful soul.”
Wersching is survived by her husband, Stephen, and three sons, Eddie, Ozzie and Archie, aged 12, nine and four.
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