In Memoriam: Ian Gelder

In Memoriam: Ian Gelder

The entertainment industry has lost a talented actor with the passing of Ian Gelder, best known for his role as Kevan Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones. His husband, Ben Daniels, took to social media to share the devastating news of Gelder’s death at the age of 74. With a heavy heart, Daniels expressed his immense sadness at the loss of his beloved partner, who had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer in December.

Gelder’s battle with cancer was a swift and challenging one, catching both him and Daniels by surprise with its rapid progression. Despite facing such a dreadful illness, Gelder approached his diagnosis with bravery and grace, never giving in to self-pity. Daniels described him as an “absolute rock” and praised his kindness, generosity, and loving spirit. The couple had been partners for more than 30 years, sharing a deep and unwavering connection that continued to shine brightly even in the darkest of times.

Daniels reflected on Gelder’s resilience and positive outlook, noting his remarkable strength throughout his illness. As an actor, Gelder was known for his talent and dedication, leaving a lasting impact on all those who had the pleasure of working with him. Daniels shared a touching picture of Gelder taken during Christmas, showcasing his joy and love despite the challenges he faced. The loss of such a shining light has left a void that will be deeply felt by all who knew him.

Following Daniels’ heartfelt post, colleagues and friends from the entertainment industry expressed their condolences and shared words of comfort. Actors like Matt Lanter, Richard E. Grant, Leslie Bibb, and Missi Pyle offered their love and support to Daniels during this difficult time. The overwhelming response highlighted the impact Gelder had on those around him, both professionally and personally.

Ian Gelder’s legacy as a talented actor and beloved partner will continue to live on in the hearts of those who knew him. His unwavering spirit and kindness have left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry, and his loss will be felt deeply by all who had the privilege of crossing paths with him. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ben Daniels and all those mourning the passing of this remarkable individual.


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