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By Mae Slater on
 May 9, 2024

'Game Of Thrones' Star Ian Gelder Dies At 74

Actor Ian Gelder, beloved for his role in "Game of Thrones," has died at the age of 74. His death was due to complications from bile duct cancer, as announced by his long-time partner Ben Daniels.

The Daily Caller reported that Gelder, recognized for his portrayal of Kevan Lannister in the acclaimed series "Game of Thrones," succumbed to his illness on Monday. His character, the loyal younger brother of Lord Tywin Lannister, was a pivotal part of the series for 12 episodes.

Gelder's death was made public through an emotional Instagram post by his partner, Ben Daniels. Diagnosed with bile duct cancer just last December, Gelder faced a rapid decline in health, leading to his passing.

The time of death was specifically noted as 13:07 on the day prior to the Instagram announcement by Daniels.

Ben Daniels Mourns Loss Of Partner Of Three Decades

Ben Daniels, a fellow actor, took to social media to express his profound sorrow. In his post, Daniels wrote about the immense grief of losing Gelder, his "darling husband and life partner."

Throughout Ian Gelder's fight with cancer, Daniels had paused all his professional commitments to care for him. The swiftness of Gelder's deterioration caught both by surprise.

"Ian was my absolute rock," Daniels shared, emphasizing the depth of their relationship that spanned over 30 years and was characterized by daily communication when apart.

Apart from his memorable television roles, Ian Gelder was also a respected figure in the theatre. His stage performances included significant roles in plays such as “The Crucible,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” and “The Front Page.”

In addition to "Game of Thrones," Gelder’s acting repertoire included parts in "Doctor Who," "Snatch," and "His Dark Materials." His versatility was further showcased in the "Dark Ditties" horror film series.

His contributions to both screen and stage left a lasting impression on audiences and colleagues alike.

In his tribute, Ben Daniels described Ian Gelder as "the kindest, most generous, spirited and loving human being." This sentiment underscores the profound impact Gelder had on those around him.

His loss is felt not just personally by Daniels, but broadly within the artistic community and by fans worldwide. Daniels’ heartfelt messages reflect the depth of their partnership and the void Gelder’s passing has created.

Their enduring relationship was a testament to their strong personal and professional bond, filled with mutual respect and love.

Legacy Of Ian Gelder Lives On

As the news of Ian Gelder’s passing spreads, tributes from fans and colleagues continue to pour in. His portrayal of complex characters enriched the narrative tapestries of the shows and plays he was part of.

Gelder’s legacy in the arts is assured, thanks to his vast body of work and the impact he had on both his audiences and peers. His life and career offer a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the enduring power of dedication to one’s craft.

The artistic community, while mourning his loss, celebrates the rich legacy that Ian Gelder leaves behind.

In conclusion, Ian Gelder’s life was marked by distinguished performances and a deep, enduring love. From his iconic television roles to his profound stage presence, his career was a journey of artistic excellence. His relationship with Ben Daniels stands as a profound example of dedication and care, mirrored by his commitment to his art. Ian Gelder's memory will undoubtedly continue to inspire and resonate within the community he so passionately served.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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