Hollywood star Al Strobel has passed away aged 83.
The actor – best known for his role as Phillip Gerard, the one-armed man on the cult series Twin Peaks – died at his home in Eugene, Oregon over the weekend.
No cause of death was revealed and no further details were shared.
His passing was confirmed by the show’s producer Sabrina Sutherland, who shared a statement on behalf of his family.
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“Through the darkness of future past and much sadness we say goodbye to Al Strobel,” read Sutherland, who is a frequent collaborator of Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch. “He is an irreplaceable human being and will always be an important part of our Twin Peaks family.”
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Lynch’s co-creator shared his own tribute on Twitter.
“Oh no… Dear Al… as those of you lucky enough to have met him over the years, what a warm and wonderful gentleman he was,” he wrote.
Dana Ashbrook, who played bad-boy-turned-cop Bobby Briggs in the series, also expressed his grief.
“Sad, sad news,” Ashbrook tweeted. “He was the sweetest of men. A wonderful storyteller… and to watch him roll a one handed cigarette- pure magic.”
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Strobel was an amputee, having lost his arm in a car accident at the age of 17. He was a firm favourite on Twin Peaks, first appearing in the series pilot in 1989 before starring in all two seasons of the mystery series.
In the series, his condition was explained by a man who removed one of his arms to prevent a sinister being from possessing his body.
Strobel made a return in the 2017 Showtime revival, Twin Peaks: The Return. He also starred in films such as Megaville, Sitting Target, Child of Darkness, Child of Light and Ricochet River.
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