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Mark Rylance bravely insists on going back on West End stage tonight despite death of his brother

Sir Mark Rylance has bravely urged to get back on stage tonight – despite the tragic death of his beloved brother in a California bicycle accident.

The 62-year-old Oscar-winning actor will take to the London stage tonight to star in the sold-out West End revival of his hit show Jerusalem, that much is clear.

His performance tonight comes despite the death in a horror cycling crash of younger brother Jonathan, 60.

Sir Mark starred in Jerusalem’s West End revival, in what one critic called an “almost superhuman” performance.

He had said in a statement that he would miss performances on Saturday and Sunday this weekend to attend the funeral.

But it was unclear whether Sir Mark would be emotionally able to continue with tonight’s performance.

A family friend told MailOnline: “Mark is at the theater tonight. He will take the stage despite his obvious heartache. Mark then goes to America for the memorial.’

A spokesman for the Apollo Theater where Jerusalem is screened confirmed that Sir Mark would appear on stage tonight.

He said, “Mark will be on stage tonight. He just arrived at the theater. The show must go on.’

Sir Mark has been widely acclaimed for his performance as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in the production of Jez Butterworth’s play ‘Jerusalem’.

Sir Mark Rylance (pictured) has boldly urged to get back on stage tonight - despite his beloved brother's tragic death in a California bicycle accident

Sir Mark Rylance (pictured) has boldly urged to get back on stage tonight – despite his beloved brother’s tragic death in a California bicycle accident

His performance tonight comes despite the death of younger brother Jonathan (above), 60 . in a horror cycling crash

His performance tonight comes despite the death of younger brother Jonathan (above), 60 . in a horror cycling crash

It was previously reported that Sir Mark will fly to the US to ‘mourn’ his younger brother, as friends and family have raised $130,000 (£110,000) for the actor’s bereft niece to attend university this fall.

Wine expert Jonathan was cycling in the city of Oakland late two weeks ago when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle with fatal injuries to his head.

The local fire brigade, who arrived first on the scene, gave immediate treatment, but despite being rushed to hospital, the 60-year-old, affectionately known as ‘Jonno’ by friends and family, died the following morning.

He had a daughter, Hazel, with her mother, Kate Razo. Their child is going to art school and a charity page to “support her financially” after her father’s death has already raised $130,000, MailOnline can reveal.

It’s another terrible loss for Sir Mark after one of his two stepdaughters died of a fatal brain haemorrhage in 2012.

Nataasha van Kampen, a gifted filmmaker, was just 28 when she died unexpectedly on a flight from New York to London.

Sir Mark Rylance mourns his younger brother

Jonathan Waters was cycling in the city of Oakland late one night last week when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle with serious head injuries.

Sir Mark Rylance mourns his brother today. Sommelier Jonathan Waters was cycling in the city of Oakland late last week when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle with serious head injuries.

'Jonno' had a daughter, Hazel, with her mother, Kate Razo.  Their child is going to art school and a charity page to 'support' her has already raised $130,000 (pictured)

‘Jonno’ had a daughter, Hazel, with her mother, Kate Razo. Their child is going to art school and a charity page to ‘support’ her has already raised $130,000 (pictured)

Sir Mark will not be performing his West End play Jerusalem this weekend and will attend a memorial service followed by a celebration of his brother’s life at a California winery.

The Oscar-winning actor said in a statement to fans: “I am sorry to tell you that on May 28, my dear brother Jonathan Waters was knocked off his bicycle and tragically died of his injuries. Unfortunately, I have to miss three performances of Jerusalem to attend his funeral in California.”

He added: “I hope you understand my need to grieve my beloved brother and thank you for your support at this time. I hope you can attend another Jerusalem performance.”

Sir Mark has two siblings, sister Susannah and brother Jonathan, all of whom were born in Kent. The actor took the name Mark Rylance in the 1980s because his first name, Mark Waters, had already been taken by someone else who was registered with acting trade union Equity.

Susannah said in a tribute to her brother on Instagram: “The spirit and love that poured from him to people. Even if they met him a few times, people immediately felt that they were his friend. And for me, his sister, he was my touchstone, my person on this earth. Along with the other members of my family with whom I am so blessed. I am lost. A huge part of me’.

Rylance's stepdaughter Nataasha van Kampen, a gifted filmmaker, suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage in 2012 during a flight from New York to London

Rylance’s stepdaughter Nataasha van Kampen, a gifted filmmaker, suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage in 2012 during a flight from New York to London

Sir Mark, left, holds their sister Susannah as she sat next to his brother Jonathan when they were children in Ashford, Kent

Sir Mark, left, holds their sister Susannah as she sat next to his brother Jonathan when they were children in Ashford, Kent

Sir Mark Rylance and his wife Claire van Kampen

He currently stars in the West End hit as Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in the production of Jez Butterworth's play 'Jerusalem'.  He has taken leave

Sir Mark Rylance married his wife Claire van Kampen (together left) in 1989. He is currently starring in the West End hit as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in the production of Jez Butterworth’s play ‘Jerusalem’. He has taken leave

Jonathan Waters had spent more than three decades at one of California’s most acclaimed restaurants, Chez Panisse, initially clearing tables before becoming an inspired sommelier.

He was adored not only for his encyclopedic knowledge of wines, but also for what a friend described as “his grace and joy, light and humor and spirit.”

Sir Mark starred in Jerusalem’s West End revival, in what one critic called an “almost superhuman” performance.

This week, theatergoers have been informed of Jonno’s death and Rylance’s consequent absence.

He will be in California on Sunday at a service commemorating the life of the brother with whom he and their sister, Susannah, grew up in America, mostly in Wisconsin, where their father taught at the University School of Milwaukee.

Mr Rylance stepped down from his role in the opening ceremony of the Olympics after the sudden death of his ‘beloved’ stepdaughter.

Rylance – one of Britain’s greatest Shakespearean actors – would recite verses from The Tempest during Danny Boyle’s ‘Isles of Wonder’ ceremony that lit up the London Stadium.

But the Olivier Award-winning actor withdrew after announcing that his “beloved daughter” had died of “unsuspected natural causes.”

Mark Rylance's brother, known to friends as 'Jonno', became a celebrated sommelier in the US

Mark Rylance’s brother, known to friends as ‘Jonno’, became a celebrated sommelier in the US

Sir Mark's sister, Susannah, paid this poignant tribute to their brother, who 'lived a brave, true life that positively influenced so many people'

Sir Mark’s sister, Susannah, paid this poignant tribute to their brother, who ‘lived a brave, true life that positively influenced so many people’

Nataasha was the daughter of Rylance’s wife Claire van Kampen and has known the actor since she was three. Her sister is the award-winning actress Juliet Rylance.

The gifted independent filmmaker started working for Sky Television at the age of 16 and went into short film production before attending London Film School. Her debut, Nocturne, was screened at the London Young Filmmakers Festival.

She split her time between New York and London and described herself as an artist, designer and filmmaker.

She lived in a flat near the trendy Borough Market, close to London Bridge, but professed her love for New York and listed it as her “hometown” on Facebook. A neighbor, who said she spoke to Mr Fitzgerald, said: ‘She had a brain haemorrhage on the plane. It’s just tragic – she had a heart of gold.”

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