English actor and martial artist Darren Shahlavi, whose screen credits include Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 2, Machinima’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and the upcoming Jean-Claude Van Damme film Pound Of Flesh, has died. He was 42. Shahlavi was found unresponsive at his LA home on January 14, according to LA County coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter. The death was reported as a possible accident and the cause is pending the results of toxicological tests, said Winter.
The lifelong martial arts fan had trained since childhood in multiple disciplines before moving to Hong Kong in the 1990s to do film stuntwork, where legendary director and fight choreographer Yuen Woo Ping gave him his big break in 1996’s Tai Chi 2. Shahlavi segued into a Hollywood career as both stuntman and actor with the Eddie Murphy-Owen Wilson action-comedy I, Spy and followed with roles in a range of films from The Final Cut with Robin Williams to Jiminy Glick In Lalawood.
For German schlockmeister Uwe Boll, he appeared in Alone In The Dark, BloodRayne, and In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Shahlavi starred as the villainous Taylor “The Twister” Milos opposite Donnie Yen in 2010’s Asian box office hit Ip Man 2, played Kano on the popular webseries Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and in recent years made TV appearances on the Arrow pilot episode, Continuum, Once Upon a Time In Wonderland, and Metal Hurlant Chronicles.
Continuum creator Simon Barry and Arrow star Stephen Amell took to Twitter to express condolences: