Let’s Stay Together” actor Bert Belasco died on Sunday. He was 38 years old.
Belasco’s co-star Jackée Harry went to Twitter on Monday to pay tribute to the actor. “It broke my heart when Bert Belasco died – a talented, friendly young man with whom I had the pleasure of working on #LetsStayTogether many times,” she wrote with three heartbroken emoticons. “Press your loved ones tightly together! Tomorrow is never promised.”
ðððð Heartbreakingly saddened by the passing of Bert Belasco – a talented, kind young man with whom I had the pleasure of working on #LetsStayTogether many times.
Squeeze your loved ones tight! Tomorrow is never promised. pic.twitter.com/Puk2zeG69g
– JackÃ©e Harry (@JackeeHarry) November 9, 2020
RonReaco Lee, another “Let’s Stay Together”, has released a tribute to Belasco. “More than saddened by the sudden passing of Bert Belasco. One of the nicest people I have ever met,” Lee began.
“If you knew Bert, you knew two 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 that we shared that I didn’t like.
My prayers are with his father, his stepmother and the rest of his family and friends. Rest well, my brother… surely gone too soon.”
Yvette Nicole Brown also tweeted about Belasco’s death and remembered the last conversation she had with him. “I was deeply moved by this news. Bert was my friend! We had just spoken last week. He was happy and excited about his new project and all the good that was yet to come,” Brown lamented.
“Not a day is promised. NO DAY.”
I was deeply moved by this news. Bert was my friend! We had just spoken last week. He was happy and excited about his new project and all the good that was to come.
Not a day is promised. NO DAY.
BET’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ Star #BertBelasco Dead on 38 https://t.co/oxxuBNgQIk via @TMZ
– yvette nicole brown (@YNB) November 9, 2020
Belasco was best known for his role as Charles Whitmore in the BET series Let’s Stay Together from 2011 to 2014. According to his IMDb page, he has appeared on the television shows I’m Dying Up Here, Superstore, The Mick, Key & Peele, Pitch and NCIS: New Orleans.
Belasco graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in Theater Studies. He was also a member of the Second City Comedy Club/Comedy Improvisation School in Chicago, attended the Summer Institute of the TVI Actors Studio in Los Angeles and worked on a master class with acting teacher David Aulicino.
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Belasco’s father, Bert Sr., announced that he was found dead on Sunday in a hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The New York Post reported that the actor was quarantined in his hotel room before he was allowed on set for a new film.
Belasco’s girlfriend tried to contact him that morning and asked the hotel staff to check on him. When they found him, there was blood on his sheets.
The cause of death is still unclear and an autopsy is currently being performed. Bert Sr. believes his son suffered a fatal aneurysm….