Veteran Hollywood actor Miguel Ferrer has succumbed to throat cancer. He was 61. He became popular with his role as Granger in the CBS hit “NCIS: Los Angeles”.
Ferrer’s showrunner, R. Scott Gemmill, in a statement sent to the Hollywood Reporter said that the actor peacefully died in his home in the company of his family and friends. He was survived by his wife and his three sons. Ferrer was a cousin of famous actor George Clooney.
Throat Cancer Facts
According to the National Cancer Institute, there are 3.2 new cases of larynx cancer per 100,000 men and women in 2016. In the same year, around 13,430 individuals have died due to this condition. The survival rate for this disease, however, is relatively higher at 60.7 percent in five years.
As of the 2013 NCI data, there were around 89,081 individuals living with larynx cancer across the country. Compared to other types of cancer, throat cancer is relatively rare. Larynx cancer is more frequently diagnosed among individuals age between 55 and 64.
Big Lost To Family, Industry
In a statement sent to Variety, Clooney said Ferrer is not only a big loss to his family, but to the entertainment industry as well. The 61-year-old actor was a son of late actor Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney. Before his death, several rumors and speculations have circulated about his failing health.
“Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer. But not lost to his family. Miguel made the world brighter and funnier, and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will,” Clooney wrote.
He first joined the show in 2012 and became a regular cast since then. His character as Granger has light of realism who was also battling with a serious illness. He became less visible in the last few episodes of the show, fanning more speculations about his rumored health.