It’s a sad day for Black Hollywood.
Bert Belasco, the 38-year-old actor best known for his role on BET’s Let’s Stay Together, has passed away.
According to TMZ, Belasco was set to start a new acting role in Virginia at the time of his death. His father found his body in a hotel room in Richmond on Sunday, after Belasco’s girlfriend was unable to get in touch with the actor.
No official cause of death has been determined, though there was allegedly blood found on the sheets at the time. Belasco’s father suspects that he had an aneurysm.
Best known for his portrayal of Charles Whitmore on the BET series, Belasco also appeared in Fox series Pitch, as well as The Soul Man, NCIS: New Orleans and I’m Dying Up Here.
The Southern Illinois University Carbondale alum earned his theater degree from SIUC in 2005. According to IMDb, he starred in Home, as a senior, a play directed by Segun Ojewuyi, assistant professor in theater. The play centered on “a man’s search for himself.” He also played the lead in other SIUC plays, including “The Greenbird” and “Parade.”
Besides SIUC, Belasco put in time at Chicago’s famed Second City, participated in the TVI Actors Studio Summer Institute in Los Angeles, and a master class with acting instructor David Aulicino.
This is а developing story аnd will be updаted. Our thoughts and prayers go out Belasco’s loved ones.