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An actor who shined as Freddy “Spazzy McGee” Jones in “School of Rock” was killed this week after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle.
Kevin Clark, 32, was riding his bicycle early Wednesday through an infamously dangerous intersection in Chicago when he was hit by a Hyundai Sonata, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. When first responders arrived on the scene, they found Clark still partially under the car, according to the Associated Press.
Clark was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead within the hour.
The driver of the car, a 20-year-old woman, was issued several citations. She has not been identified and it's unclear if she will face any charges.
Clark grew up in the city’s suburbs and by age 3 was already expressing his love of drumming, his mother Allison Clark told the Sun-Times. By 5, he was playing drums in addition to guitar, piano, and violin.
“He loved music,” the grieving mother told the Sun-Times. “He’s just a raw talent. He’s got a heart of gold.”
He was cast in “School of Rock” in 2003 at the age 12, where he played a child drummer alongside Jack Black.
As an adult, Clark continued his love of music. Most recently, he was a drummer for the Illinois band Jess Bess & The Intentions.
Black paid tribute to his former co-star in a Wednesday Instagram post, which featured a still of the two from “School of Rock” as well as a picture of the two when Clark was an adult.
“Devastating news,” Black wrote. “Kevin is gone. Way too soon. Beautiful soul. So many great memories. Heartbroken. Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community.”
Rivkah Reyes, who played the bassist in the movie, tweeted “i will never forget your hugs and your laugh and the sheer joy on your face when we’d run into each other in Chicago. Thank you for always showing up for me with that ‘big brother I never had’ energy.”
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