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NCIS: Los Angeles' Miguel Ferrer dead at 61 from throat cancer

George Clooney, Mark Hamill and more remember NCIS: Los Angeles actor Miguel Ferrer

Actor Miguel Ferrer, best known for his roles in RoboCop, NCIS: Los Angeles and Iron Man 3, died Thursday at age 61 after a battle with throat cancer.

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George Clooney, Ferrer's cousin, released a statement to Variety shortly following Ferrer's death, saying Ferrer "made the world brighter and funnier."

"Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer. But not lost to his family," Clooney said. "Miguel made the world brighter and funnier, and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."

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Clooney was far from the only Hollywood A-lister to voice his remorse and sympathy at the news of Ferrer's loss.

Ferrer was known as a character actor. He also voiced the role of the villain Shan-Yu in Disney's Mulan and lent his voice to television shows like Hercules and Superman.

As his last performance, Ferrer is set to appear in the Twin Peaks television remake scheduled to premiere May 21 on Showtime.

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Ferrer leaves behind his wife Lori and sons Lukas, Jose and Rafi.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ferrer's family.

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George Clooney, Mark Hamill and more remember NCIS: Los Angeles actor Miguel Ferrer
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