King Arthur and Thor actor Ray Stevenson dies aged 58 as tributes pour in

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    Actor Ray Stevenson has died aged 58, his representative confirmed.

    The actor appeared in multiple Marvel films and also landed spots on TV shows including the BBC and HBO series Rome and the spin-off series for the Star Wars franchise.

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    His most recent role saw him take part in historical drama 1242: Gateway to the West, taking over a role which was previously going to be played by Kevin Spacey.

    The actor began his career in the early '90s but his first big screen gig was in The Theory of Flight, where he played alongside Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter.

    Prior to the official announcement from his representatives, Italian publication repubblica wrote that he had died while shooting a film. 

    They claimed he suffered an illness which required hospitalisation and died shortly after. 

    However, his representatives have not yet revealed his cause of death.

    Tributes have poured in for the star as fans heard about the news.

    One user wrote: "Oh damn, just saw the news about Ray Stevenson, what a tragedy."

    While another said: "I'm gonna watch Punisher: Warzone today in his memory. RIP Ray Stevenson."

    A third wrote: "OMG, incredibly sad to hear that Ray Stevenson who played Blackbeard in #BlackSails has passed away at the age of 59."

    Fellow actor Scott Adkins wrote: "I’m shocked and saddened by the tragic news that a great actor and my good friend Ray Stevenson has passed away. I will miss you Big Ray! Life is short so make the most of it people.."

    Another fan wrote: "Sadly looks like this has been confirmed now. Ray Stevenson has sadly passed away. Your performance as Baylan Skoll will no doubt be truly spectacular. RIP."

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