Afro-American actor,Reg E Cathey, best known for his roles in HBO’s The Wire, Oz and Netflix’s House of Cards passed away today at he age of 59. It was his performance in Kevin Spacey starrer House of Cards that bagged him three Emmy Award nominations in the Outstanding Guest Actor in A Drama Category. He won an Emmy in the same category in 2015. No details on Cathey’s cause of death were provided by his family, but TMZ reported that he’d been fighting lung cancer. The star was particularly known for his distinctive baritone voice. In his career spanning nearly 35 years, he started his career with small roles in late-1980s and early 1990s films that include Crossing Delancey, Penn & Teller Get Killed, Born on the Fourth of July, Quick Change and What About Bob. Also Read - Sandip Ssingh Shares Heart-touching Note For Sanjay Dutt After His Recovery From Cancer, Calls Him 'Man With Indomitable Spirit'

His  death was announced by The Wire creator, David Simon on Twitter. He wrote, “Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. Not only a fine, masterful actor — but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set. On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing,” he wrote. He played the role of a political operative, named Norman Wilson, with affiliations to Tommy Carcetti, essayed by actor Aidan Gillen, in the show. He was remembered by many celebs. House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, also took to the micro-blogging site to pay his tribute to the deceased star. He wrote, “Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace, Reg,” Take a look at the tweets posted by his co-stars and people from the fraternity : Also Read - Maanayata Calls Sanjay Dutt Her 'Ram' For Beating Cancer With Courage in a New Post on Dussehra

His death has definitely taken the industry by surprise. Chris Bauer, who worked with Cathey in the The Wire,wrote about his experience working with him. “Reg E. Cathey went out of his way to help me nearly 30 years ago, and I am one of hundreds. His legacy is a portrait of the courageous, open hearted generosity that all good work comes from,” he wrote. We will definitely miss the talented actor.