William Friend, The husband of ‘One Tree Hill’ star Bevin Prince died of lightning on Sunday at the age of 33.
The friend was killed while on a boat near Masonboro Island in North Carolina during a storm, according to the National Lightning Safety Council, a non-profit organization that specializes in lightning safety education in the United States and documents death related deaths. promotes.
Officers responded to the scene and performed CPR after being flagged off by eyewitnesses, local news outlet WECT-TV reported. Friend was pronounced dead after emergency responders tried to revive him for 20 minutes.
Friend’s death is the third lightning-related death in the United States this year, according to the Security Council, which states that July is “generally the deadliest month of the year for lightning in the US, an average of eight based on the past 10 years.” There are deaths.”
Prince, who starred in the beloved CW series in a recurring role as Bevin Mirsky, has yet to share a statement.
The fitness studio Vacation, which the couple set up in Wilmington, North Carolina, where “One Tree Hill” was filmed, released a message on Wednesday via Instagram.
“We greatly appreciate the love and support we have received from our holiday community,” the post read. “Will’s knowledge, guidance and support is the foundation upon which Leisure is built.”
Prince’s close friend and ‘You Again’ co-star Odette Enable also posted an emotional tribute after the friend’s death.
“Will, it feels unrealistic to write this. Mostly because it feels like you were just starting out,” she wrote alongside a carousel of photos. “The life and love you gave my best friend, she felt That we were thousands of miles away.”
“You were perfect for her in every way. You supported her dreams, you made her feel seen, you loved her with all your soul and I will be forever grateful to witness that kind of love,” she continued “Being here with Bevin, telling him stories about you and your love breaks my heart for him, because he lost the love of his life and the world lost a really great love.”
Prince’s “One Tree Hill” co-star and friend Sophia Bush wrote in an Instagram Story to pay tribute to Friend, saying she was “heartbroken and at a loss.”
“Our family is grieving one of us. Please upvote @bevinaprince any way you can. Show her the love she deserves; The love that her husband always showed her.”
The Prince and Friend tied the knot in 2016 and moved to North Carolina in 2020 to be closer to their family during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friend, who was born in London and moved to the United States for high school, was also CEO of the commercial real estate media company Bisno, where he worked since 2010.
Celebrating their five-year wedding anniversary in May 2021, the Prince wrote in an Instagram post at the time that she was “so lucky to get to know you, love you and learn from you.”
“We’ve come this far and I’m so proud of the life we’ve created. You make life delicious, my darling. I love you.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up in the friend’s honor to support the Vacation and Special Operators Transition Foundation, which provides “essential transitional services and family stabilization support” to military veterans.