Arrow actor and martial artist Darren Shahlavi dead at 42
Darren Shahlavi, a martial artist and actor whose credits include The CW's Arrow and Mortal Kombat: Legacy has died, his agent Kathy Carpenter confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 42 years old.
According to Deadline, the LA County coroner's office spokesman Ed Winter revealed that the stuntman was found unresponsive at his Los Angeles, California, home on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Shahlavi's death has been reported as a possible accident, and the exact cause of death is pending toxicology results.
However, TMZ reports that Shahlavi is believed to have a history of drug and alcohol problems and a law enforcement source reportedly told the website that he appeared to have overdosed on prescription medication.
The English-born actor performed stunts in Night at the Museum, The Chronicles of Riddick and 300. Some of his other film credits include Ip Man 2, Aladdin and the Death Lamp, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, I Spy (in which he starred alongside Eddie Murphy) and The Final Cut. He also had guest roles in the TV series Arrow and recently finished filming Pound of Flesh with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Shahlavi's Arrow costar Stephen Amell took to Twitter to express his condolences, reflecting on their fight scene in the show's first episode and referring to Shahlavi as a "patient, thoughtful partner."
Shahlavi's younger sister, Malouse, also took to Twitter to write a heartbreaking tribute to her "dearest brother" following the news of his death.
Our thoughts are with Shahlavi's friends and family during this sad time.