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Emmy-winning actor Reg E. Cathey has died at age 59

Comic-Con International: San Diego - 'Outcast' - Photocall Featuring: Reg E. Cathey Where: San Diego, California, United States When: 22 Jul 2016 Credit: Dave Starbuck/Future Image/WENN.com **Not available for publication in Germany, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia**

Emmy Award-winning actor, Reg E. Cathey, 59, who was best known for portraying BBQ restaurant owner Freddy Hayes on "House of Cards" has died after a battle with cancer, according to reports.

TMZ is reporting that he died of lung cancer.

The 59-year-old also starred in HBO's "The Wire" and "Oz."

Cathey won an Emmy for outstanding guest actor in a drama series in 2015 for his work on "House of Cards."

Cathey most recently appeared in the 2015 "Fantastic Four" reboot, "St. Vincent," "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and the 2018 drama "Tyrel."

Reginald Eugene Cathey was born in Huntsville, Alabama on Aug. 18, 1958 and studied at the University of Michigan and Yale School of Drama.

His film and television career began in 1984, when he appeared in the TV movie "A Doctor's Story."

From 1987-1992, Cathey was a part of the children's television program "Square One TV" in which mathematics and abstract mathematical concepts were taught to young viewers.

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