Evil Dead II star Danny Hicks died at the age of 68, just four weeks after revealing that he had stage 4 cancer
Evil Dead II actor Danny Hicks died at the age of 68, just four weeks after revealing that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
The actor – who was best known for his roles in several Sam Raimi movies, including Evil Dead II and Darkman – passed away at the age of 68 after a battle with stage four cancer, according to his company Full Empire Promotions.
The company posted one tribute reel of his on-screen appearances on YouTube on Tuesday, writing: “Danny died at his home in CA. We love you Danny, don’t worry my friend. No more pain. (sic) ‘
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Gloomy announcement: Danny Hicks died at the age of 68, just four weeks after announcing that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on Facebook ‘, pictured in 2015
‘We love you Danny, rest easy my friend’: the company posted a tribute of its on-screen performances on YouTube
And the three-minute video description read: “ On June 30, 2020, we lost a friend, client, and talent actor in Danny Hicks. Here’s our tribute to the star of Evil Dead 2, Intruder, Darkman and so many other classic horror movies. We will miss you Danny! (sic) ‘
In early June, Hicks announced that he had done that diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
To all the people I’ve never met, and the 6,018 die-hard fans who enjoyed my job. I have bad news, ”he started his post on Facebook.
“I’ve been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer,” he wrote, adding, “I have about 1 to 3 years left to live.”
Worth it: “I have to tell you, I definitely spent a lot of lives in my 68 years. I have no change back, that’s for sure. And not too much regret, ”he wrote
“I have to tell you, for God’s sake I put a lot of lives in my 68 years. I have no change back, that’s for sure. And not too much regret, ”he continued.
“Okay, I have to go. I’m going to find out what the hell is going on in that fruit cellar, ”he joked at the end, referring to the gruesome ending his character met in Evil Dead II.
The actor also added a close-up photo of himself with a touch of smile.
Hicks’ post sent his followers to the booking office of his friend Dominic Mancini, who was a GoFundMe to cover the actor’s medical expenses, which exceeded his goal within 24 hours.
Horror Comedy: Best known for playing Jake, a local hillbilly who has a bad ending in Sam Rami’s cult classic Evil Dead II (1987)
Success: A GoFundMe was set up to surpass its medical costs in a day, and until July 6, an online store for fans will be created through its signatures; shown in 2016
Whether you admire Danny on screen, were lucky enough to meet him in person at a conference, or just spoke to him on social media – we all agree that Danny is one of the most humble, down-to-earth, funny, talented and generous people you will ever meet, “wrote Mancini. ‘
He always gives 100% to his fans and friends, both on and off the screen. Now I kindly ask you to return that favor and help Danny and his family get through difficult times. ‘
Mancini also wrote that his company would set up an online store for fans to purchase signatures and signed memorabilia from Hicks, which would remain open until July 6.
Classic: Sarah Berry, Bruce Campbell, Kassie Wesley DePaiva and Hicks seen from left to right in 1987 Evil Dead II
Hicks is best known for his long association with director Sam Raimi, going back to his early low-budget horror movies and continuing with a bigger budget years later.
He played Jake, a local hillbilly who meets a bad ending, in Evil Dead II, a reboot and sequel to the horror classic that added a touch of humor to the procedure and became a touchstone of the genre in itself.
He also appeared in the Raimi-produced slasher movie Intruder, as well as Raimi’s thriller Darkman, starring Liam Neeson.
Later, he played minor roles for the director in Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Oz The Great And Powerful (2013).
The actor also appeared in Maniac Cop, Intruder, My Name is Bruce and recently played Fang Banger in The Blood Hunter from 2019.
Longtime collaborator: His other roles for director Sam Raimi include a role in Liam Neeson with Darkman (1990) and a minor role in Spider-Man 2 (2004); still from Darkman