Clark Middleton, beloved character actor, passes away from West Nile Virus at 63

The acting world is in mourning on Tuesday, as beloved character actor Clark Middleton passed away.

The actor passed from West Nile Virus at 63 years of age on Monday, it was confirmed to Variety by his wife Elissa.

Aaron Paul, who starred alongside Middleton on Hulu's The Path, issued a touching statement on social media, as did Jon Bokenkamp, the creator of NBC's The Black List which Middleton also starred on.

R.I.P.: The acting world is in mourning on Tuesday, as beloved character actor Clark Middleton passed away

R.I.P.: The acting world is in mourning on Tuesday, as beloved character actor Clark Middleton passed away

'With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a life eminently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend,' his wife Elissa wrote in a statement.

'Clark transitioned on October 4th as a result of West Nile Virus, for which there is no known cure,' she added.

'Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities,' she added.

Heavy hearts: 'With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a life eminently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend,' his wife Elissa wrote in a statement

Heavy hearts: 'With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a life eminently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend,' his wife Elissa wrote in a statement

Middleton suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since he was 4 years old, explaining how he dealt with it in a 1993 interview with The Daily Gazette.

'At first it distorted my hands. Then the cortisone I had to take made my cheeks fat. At 8, I lost movement in my neck. When I was 15, my hip snapped. After an operation, I had to be on crutches and later, after I broke my leg falling over my dog, on canes,' he said.

Aside from his acting work, he also wrote his own original material,

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