UPDATED with play canceled: Owiso Odera, a TV and stage actor who appeared in multiple episodes of such series as The Originals, Dirt and Three Rivers, collapsed and died onstage November 3 while rehearsing a play in Louisville, KY. He was 43. His brother Peter confirmed his death to Kenyan newspaper The Standard.
The paper said he died during rehearsals for a new play called Detroit ’67 and that first responders’ efforts to resuscitate Odera were not successful. The family did not confirm a cause of death.
Actors Theatre, which was producing the play that was set to open next week, said the production has been canceled. “Owiso was an accomplished and talented actor with an impressive list of theatre, television and film credits,” Les Waters and Kevin E. Moore of Actors Theatre said in a statement. “However, he was much more than just a colleague. Owiso was a dear friend to many and will be immensely missed by the performing arts communities all across the country.”
Along with Originals, Dirt and Three Rivers, Odera most recently guested on such series as Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, The Millers, Blue Bloods and NCIS: Los Angeles. He lived in Santa Monica.