Best known for his role Dr. Hoover in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” John Wesley has died at 72 after a long battle with cancer. Gerry Pass, Wesley’s manager and producer, confirmed the news to USA TODAY.
Pass said that the actor died on Sunday, September 8, at Cedars-Siani Hospital after developing complications from multiple myeloma, which is a type of blood cancer.
Multiple myeloma forms in a plasma cell, a type of white blood cells (WBCs).
In a statement to CNN, Pass said, “John Wesley was a gift to the world, for his kindness and grace are immortalized in his works of theatre, TV and film. I am heartbroken to have lost a dear friend today.”
Apart from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the famous actor appeared in many other movies, TV shows, and on-stage performance in theatrical productions. He had worked alongside actors such as Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, and Tim Burton.
The “Dirty Dancing” actor was originally from Louisiana. According to CNN, he “earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of San Diego and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Wesley also served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. As per THR reports, Wesley is survived by his wife Jenny Houston, stepson Kyler, daughters Kimiko and Kinshasha, mother, and seven grandchildren.