Windell D. Middlebrooks, the actor best recognized as the Miller High Life delivery guy, has died, his agent confirmed to the Associated Press on Tuesday. He was 36.
The TV actor's agent Steve Ivey told the AP Middlebrooks passed away on Monday, Mar. 9. While the cause of Middlebrooks' death remains unknown, TMZ reported that it appeared that no foul play was involved.
Middlebrooks' family released a statement, mourning the "passing of a young black star."
While Middlebrooks was beloved for his role as the beer distributor's talkative, no-nonsense delivery man, he was also an accomplished television star who had recurring roles on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Scrubs, The Suite Life on Deck, and Body of Proof. Middlebrooks was a member of SAG with a classically trained background in his field.
Middlebrooks' Disney costar Debby Ryan reacted to the news via Twitter, mourning the Suite Life alum.
rest in peace Windell Middlebrooks, our “Kirby”. you were a light to the entire Suite Life crew and cast and we’ll forever love you.
— DΞΒΒΥ RΥΛΝ (@DebbyRyan) March 10, 2015
Along with his passion for acting, Middlebrooks also loved sharing positive messages on his social media pages. Just last week, he shared an article about Broadway understudies, writing: "Great Article Ya'll! A little insight into our world as Actors." He also frequently posted inspirational quotes to his Instagram.
In his final Instagram post, shared three days before his death, Middlebrooks wrote about bringing awareness to colon cancer. "March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Ya'll! Let's find a Cure," he wrote, alongside a graphic. "This is for my Angel Catherine 'Peaches' Carter. One Amazing Woman."
Middlebrooks' biography on his website described him as a person who had "a personality as big as his home state [of Texas]."
"This Big man, who moves as though he is floating on air, possesses such a Big presence that you just can't tear your eyes away from him," his bio page noted.
Middlebrooks' final role was in the new comedy film Road Hard, which was released last Friday, Mar. 6.
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