‘Orange is the New Black’ star Brad William Henke dies, age 56

Orange is the New Black actor and former professional footballer Brad William Henke has died. He was 56 years outdated.

In keeping with a rep for the star, he died on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Nonetheless, on the time of writing, no reason behind loss of life has been publicly disclosed.

Henke was greatest recognized for his function in Netflix’s hit Orange Is the New Black. On this collection, the actor performed Desi Piscatella, one of many correctional officers at Litchfield Penitentiary. This character confirmed up in 26 episodes between 2016 and 2018.

Henke additionally appeared in exhibits similar to Going to California the place he had a number one function, Manhunt, The Stand, and an look within the 2016 thriller Break up. He additionally guested on quite a lot of long-running collection throughout his performing profession, spanning over 20 years.

Earlier than performing, Henke performed within the NFL for groups together with The New York Giants the place he was drafted after faculty, and the Denver Broncos which led to his Tremendous Bowl XXIV look in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers.

In the end this run in sports activities got here to an finish in 1994 as he selected to retire on account of ankle accidents. Just a few brief years later the star landed his first function and started an extended profession in performing.

Henke’s supervisor shared a press release with TMZ falling his passing.

“Brad was an extremely type man of joyous power. A really gifted actor, he liked being part of this group….and we liked him again. Our ideas are together with his spouse and household.”

Henke is survived by his spouse Sonja his two kids and grandchild.