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Kevin Clark, who starred in the 2003 hit School of Rock, directed by Richard Linklater, was reported dead after a motorist accidentally crashed into his bike in Chicago early Wednesday morning.
Per the report released by TMZ, “(Clarke) was riding his bicycle on the Northwest Side of Chicago early Wednesday morning when he was struck by a Hyundai Sonata.”
The report adds, “Kevin was rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead at 2:04 AM CT … according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.”
The film, known for its nostalgic remembrance for classic greats like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, and led by an amusing cast of child actors who double as musical prodigies that accompany lead Jack Black, became a critical and box office success, earning $131.1 million worldwide.
Kevin Clark is fondly remembered for playing Freddy Jones, the comically subversive student of the classroom who becomes the titular band’s lead drummer, and his death has been devastating for fans.
Fans will find it hard to rewatch scenes like the My Brain is Hanging Upside Down montage, showing a young Kevin Clark in complete child-like wonder of The Who’s Keith Moon, without a hint of sadness. Rest in Peace.