Actors, screen-industry members, and fans are in mourning after learning that a local actor succumbed to injuries sustained in a motorcyle crash.
According to a Port Moody Police Department (PMPD) news release on July 23, emergency services responded at 1:35 p.m. on July 23 to vehicle collision at the intersection of St. Johns Street and Queen Street in Port Moody.
The PMPD stated that a motorcycle rider was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Later in the week, several news reports revealed that the injured male died and that he has since been identified as 46-year-old local actor Gabe Khouth.
His costar Jason Burkart, who played Little John on the locally shot ABC TV series Once Upon a Time, expressed his sadness on social media, along with a video message from Gabe Khouth’s brother Sam.
Khouth, who was born in North Vancouver, starred on Once Upon a Time as the character of Sneezy (a.k.a. Tom Clark) since the show began in 2011.
He has also had roles in the feature films Big Eyes and It; TV series such as iZombie, Supernatural, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Northwood; and voicework for TV series such as Beyblade Burst, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, and Dragon Ball Z.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Anyone who witnessed or has dashcam footage of the the collision is asked to contact the PMPD at 604-461-3456 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.