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Khan Bonfils: ‘Star Wars’ & ‘Skyfall’ Actor Dies On Stage During Rehearsal

Thu, January 8, 2015 7:28am EDT by 2 Comments
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Khan Bonfils, an actor who had roles in ‘Star Wars’ and James Bond films, died unexpectedly on Jan. 6 during rehearsals for an upcoming play in London. He was only 42.

This is devastating. Khan Bonfils, who starred in Star Wars: Episode I – Phantom Menace, Skyfall and Tomorrow Never Dies, collapsed and died on stage on Jan. 6 during rehearsals for Dante’s Inferno in London. The cause of the 42-year-old’s death has not been released.

Khan Bonfils Dead: ‘Star Wars’ & James Bond Actor Shockingly Dies Onstage

Khan was rehearsing for the Craft Theatre company’s production of Dante’s Inferno when he collapsed on stage, according to Daily Mail.

Paramedics and members of the Craft Theatre Company desperately fought to resuscitate the actor. Unfortunately, he could not be saved. 

What a tragedy.

Khan was only 42 years old. The reason behind his shocking death is not yet known.

Dante’s Inferno was expected to open on Jan. 8 at the Rag Factory in East London, but has been postponed two days, according to Deadline.

“The entire company are in shock,” Craft Theatre Company spokesperson Chris Hislop told Daily Mail. “There is absolutely severe sadness, it is a real tragedy.”

Khan played Isagura in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and the subsequent 2012 007 film Skyfall. He had also starred as the Jedi master Saesee Tiin in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He had roles in 2005’s Batman Begins and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

In addition, Khan had a film in post-production titled Razors. The film is slated to be released later this year.

Our thoughts go out to Khan’s family and friends during this difficult time.

— Avery Thompson