RICHMOND, Va. — Actor Bert Belasco, known for his roles in the sports series “Pitch” and as the star of BET’s sitcom “Let’s Stay Together,” has died at the age of 38, police confirmed Monday.
The Woodland Hills, California, resident was filming a movie on location in Virginia, but family and friends became concerned when they could not reach Belasco, who was quarantining in a hotel prior to shooting the film, Variety reported.
Hotel staff contacted Henrico police to conduct a welfare check, and Belasco was pronounced dead in his room, the outlet reported.
According to a police statement, a cause of death has not yet been determined, but investigators said they encountered “no signs of foul play” and the circumstances of Belasco’s death “do not appear suspicious.”
Belasco’s father told TMZ that it appeared his son died of an aneurysm, but he was waiting for the results of an autopsy.
As word of Belasco’s death spread, friends and past co-stars took to social media to express their condolences, WTVR reported.
“Heartbroken at the passing of Bert Belasco,” actress Jackee Harry wrote on Twitter. “A talented, kind young man who I had the pleasuring of working with numerous times on #LetsStayTogether.”
Meanwhile, actress Yvette Nicole Brown wrote on Twitter that she was “gutted” by the news of Belasco’s passing.
“Bert was my friend! We had JUST talked last week. He was happy and excited about his new project and all the good that was to come," she wrote.
According to Variety, Belasco earned his theater degree from Southern Illinois University, enjoyed a stint with Chicago’s Second City improv theater and, in 2007, began appearing in TV shows such as “House” and “Justified,” before landing the role of Charles Whitmore opposite Nadine Ellis on “Let’s Stay Together.” The popular show ran for four seasons.
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