English actor Kan Bonfils, who appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall and also as a Jedi master in the 'Star Wars' franchise, collapsed during rehearsals for an upcoming theatre production and died on Monday.
The theatre production he was rehearsing for was 'Dante's Inferno', scheduled to open at The Rag factory in east London this week.
Members of the Craft Theatre Company along with paramedics tried hard to revive him but in vain.
"Kan collapsed during a rehearsal and the director Rocky Rodriguez Jr, he performed CPR on location. An ambulance was called out but unfortunately he couldn't be resuscitated," said Chris Hislop, the company's spokesman, The Independent reports.
The cause of his death has still not been ascertained and efforts are on to determine the same. Hislop added that the cast and crew of the theatre production were extremely sad and "devastated" by the 42-year-old actor's death.
He said: "The entire company are in shock. There is absolutely severe sadness, it is a real tragedy. I think they are holding it together by talking it through and by being there for each other," The Telegraph reports.
Craft Theatre also released a statement with regard to the 'Skyfall' actor's death. The statement read: "With great sadness, we announce the death of Kan Bonfils. His sudden loss is a tragedy and he will be sorely missed."
Hislop said that the production team will try to accommodate another actor in Bonfil's place and if things go as planned, they will open on Saturday instead of Thursday.
Kan, who was also known as Khan, played the role of Jedi master Saesee Tiin in 'Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace' that released in 1999. He starred opposite famous names like Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor.
He was also one of the cast members of 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life' and 'Batman Begins'.