AceShowbiz - Dango Nguyen, a beloved Georgia firefighter who pursued a career in acting, has died at 48 years old. "The Walking Dead" star, who acted under the stage name Dango Nu Yen, passed away on Saturday, August 10 after losing a battle with cancer.
The Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services confirmed the sad news on its Facebook page. "It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our former firefighters," the statement read. "Dango Nguyen passed away early this morning after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Dango was a member of our department for almost 20 years."
While Dango no longer served in the fire department at the time of his death, the Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services paid tribute to him and still considered him "a very well known member of our family." It said, "Once you're a firefighter, you're always part of our family."
"He will always be remembered for his physical and mental strength," the statement continued to read. "He was an aggressive and tenacious firefighter and first responder. He was also an excellent fire officer. He carried out his service to our community with a high level of pride in his craft, as well as a competitive spirit that made everyone else that he worked with better too."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Michelle, his family, and all of his friends. He touched many lives. We will all remember his quick wit, high energy, and unwavering determination. We all aspire to be 'Dango Strong'," it concluded.
Dango's childhood friend, WWE hall of famer Rob Van Dam, also mourned his death. He tweeted on Sunday, "In high school Dango and I felt Achilles' choice of a hero's fate was best-exciting life, but short. Later, w/the love of family & friends, I'm sure he'd of reconsidered the option, but he lived an amazing life and rescued many people before he passed yesterday. RIP Dango Nguyen."
According to his IMBd profile, Dando trained as a professional wrestler in high school. He served as a firefighter for 20 years before he left to pursue a career in entertainment. He landed a role as a bodyguard for the Governor (David Morrissey) and appeared in multiple episodes of AMC's "The Walking Dead" season 3. He also appeared in an episode of "MacGyver" reboot and "The Gifted".
He is survived by his wife of two years, Michelle.