The friend confided to People Magazine:
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Jonathan Frid, the talented actor who originally played Barnabas Collins in the retro vampire soap Dark Shadows, has died!!
Just weeks before the film adaptation starring Johnny Depp hits theaters, he passed away peacefully from natural causes. He was 87.
Fortunately, Jonathan made a cameo appearance in the movie, so his spirit will still live on!!! There, and in cult video stores all across the world…
Director Tim Burton says of the news:
It’s a sad day. I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet Jonathan on the set this past Spring. He left an indelible impression. Barnabas lives on!
And as co-star Kathryn Leigh Scott put it:
He was irascible, irreverent, funny, caring, lovable and thoroughly professional, and in the end became the whole reason why kids ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows.
Rest in peace, Jonathan!
We can't wait to see you on the big screen May 11!