Ron Cephas Jones dies aged 66 after 'long-standing pulmonary issue'

Emmy-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones has reportedly died aged 66 following a ‘long-standing pulmonary issue’.

Jones, best known for playing William Hill on This Is Us had also worked on broadway, being nominated for a Tony Award last year for his performance in Clyde’s.

Speaking to People, his representatives said: “Beloved and award-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones has passed away at the age of 66 due to a long-standing pulmonary issue.

“Throughout the course of his career, his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness and heart were felt by anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him.

 

A representative for the actor confirmed Jones’ death to PEOPLE on Saturday: “Beloved and award-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones has passed away at the age of 66 due to a long-standing pulmonary issue.”

“Throughout the course of his career, his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness and heart were felt by anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him,” the statement continued. “He began his career at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and his love for the stage was present throughout his entire career, including his recent Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award winning performance for his role in Clyde’s on Broadway.”

“He began his career at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and his love for the stage was present throughout his entire career, including his recent Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award winning performance for his role in Clyde’s on Broadway.”

“Ron’s inner-beauty and soul was evident to the huge audience from his multi-Emmy award winning performance on This is Us. He is survived by his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones.”

In 2021, Jones told the New York Times he had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and received a double lung transplant. He said his performances on Broadway had inspired him to make a recovery in 2022.

Along with Jasmine, he made history in 2020 when they became the first father and daughter to win awards in the same year.

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