'Shock' death of Chance Perdomo leaves ‘profound void’ in Gen V cast

The British-American actor received a BAFTA nomination for his role in 2018 BBC Three drama Killed by My Debt

The cast of Gen V have described their “shock” at learning of the death of their “great friend” and co-star Chance Perdomo following a motorcycle crash.

The Los Angeles-born and UK-raised actor played Godolkin University student Andre Anderson, who has the ability to control metal through magnetism in the superhero show, which has been critically acclaimed and renewed for a second season.

The series is a spin-off of the satirical Prime Video series The Boys, which is set in a world where superheroes are celebrities and are able to get away with various wrongdoing due to the work of shadowy forces and their fame.

The producers of the show confirmed the news of his death in a statement shared on social media on Saturday night.

Posted alongside a photograph of the Perdomo, the statement read: "We can’t quite wrap our heads around this.

"For those of us who knew him and worked with him, Chance was always charming and smiling, an enthusiastic force of nature, an incredibly talented performer, and more than anything else, just a very kind, lovely person.

"Even writing about him in the past tense doesn’t make sense. We are so sorry for Chance’s family, and we are grieving the loss of our friend and colleague. Hug your loved ones tonight."

Amazon MGM Studios and Sony Pictures Television, which also produces Gen V, said: “The entire Gen V family is devastated by the sudden passing of Chance Perdomo.

"Amazon MGM Studios and Sony Pictures Television extend our heartfelt thoughts and support to Chance’s family and all who loved him at this difficult time.”

Actors from Netflix supernatural series Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina and the romantic After film series, who starred alongside Perdomo, also said they were “confused” by his sudden death at the age of 27.

In an Instagram post, Lizze Broadway – who plays Emma Meyer/Little Cricket in Gen V – said on Sunday that his passing “has left a profound void in my heart”.

“Chance possessed so many interpersonal gifts that I treasured deeply,” she added. “He was a vital part of my growth as an individual, his gentle spirit lifting me up when I needed it most.”

She said he “always will be my superhero” and expressed “shock” as she said she loves the actor, who grew up in Southampton, England.

The son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his former wife Maria Shriver, Patrick Schwarzenegger, who plays the pyrokinetic Luke Riordan/Golden Boy in the show, posted a series of photos of Perdomo and himself on Instagram saying he hoped he was “up in heaven with a cigar”.

BAFTA paid tribute to Perdomo on social media with a post on Sunday that read: "We're saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Chance Perdomo at the age of 27.

"In 2019 Chance was both nominated for Leading Actor at the BAFTA TV awards for his role in Killed By My Debt and named a BAFTA Breakthrough for his work in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina."

Perdomo was born in Los Angeles in the US, but grew up in Southampton after moving to the UK with his mother.

He later moved to London, where he joined the National Youth Theatre and went on to train at the Identity School of Acting.

Perdomo was recognised as a Bafta Breakthrough Brit in 2019, a year on from the first series of the Sabrina The Teenage Witch adaptation in which he played Ambrose Spellman.

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