'The Blacklist' and 'Twin Peaks' actor Clark Middleton dies at 63 of West Nile Virus

October 6, 2020

Actor, director, and producer Clark Middleton has died.

He was 63.

Middleton was best known for his roles on “The Blacklist” and “Twin Peaks.”

His wife, Elissa, confirmed the death, explaining that he passed away in his Los Angeles home on Sunday due to West Nile Virus.

"With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a life eminently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend," she wrote in a statement, per Variety.

"Clark transitioned on October 4th as a result of West Nile Virus, for which there is no known cure. Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities."

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. While many who contract the virus never develop symptoms, the CDC notes that one in five develop symptoms while one in 150 people develop serious, and potentially fatal, illness.

Middleton’s other acting credits include “Law & Order,” “Fringe,” and “The Path.”

He also appeared in some notable films including “Serendipity,” “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” and “Snowpiercer.”

He was also diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when he was 4 and founded a support network, “The Young Mels,” named after his father.

The Arthritis Foundation set up a memorial fund in his honor.

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