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One Tree Hill star Bevin Prince’s husband, Will Friend, has suddenly died after being hit by lightning.
The 33-year-old tragically died after being on a boat near Masonboro Island in North Carolina during a storm on Sunday.
Local news programme WECT News reported that paramedics made attempts to resuscitate him at the scene, but was sadly pronounced dead in the ambulance.
Will was the CEO of Bisnow Media, a digital media company which held 650 digital and live events and saw 11 million news readers within the seven years that he led the company.
Following the tragic loss of Bevin’s husband, a close friend, Odette Annable, shared a tribute to Will on Instagram.
Posting a slew of pictures of Will, she wrote in the tribute: "The unimaginable has happened and we have to say goodbye to another friend, @britwilliam."
She explained how it felt ‘surreal’ that she had to write the post and said it ‘felt okay’ being thousands of miles away from her friend as she knew Bevin was with him.
She continued: “My best friend @bevinaprince beloved husband. Will, it feels surreal writing this. Mostly because it feels like you were just getting started. The life and love that you gave to my best friend made it feel okay that we were thousands of miles apart.
“As I sit in your beautiful home, looking out onto the ocean, I keep thinking about what a gift you gave to Bevin. What a gift you gave to everyone who knew you to witness the passion that burned in your soul. The passion to help people, to build your business, to find happiness like I’d never seen from you living in North Carolina with Bevin. You were perfect for her in every way. You supported her dreams, you made her feel seen, you adored her with every bit of your soul and I will forever be grateful to witness that kind of love.
“Being here with Bevin, hearing her share stories about you and your love breaks my heart for her because she lost the love of her life and the world lost a really really good one. I know you will still be with her and your gorgeous brothers and family the Prince family, and we will all feel you spreading your light and beauty through everyone who was fortunate enough to know you. At only 33 years old, you did it, and you went out like no other in a blaze of glory.
She concluded: “May you Rest In Peace you charming, witty, beautiful British man who loved the s*** out of America. I love you.”
The bereaved friend of Will went on to urge her followers to donate to Recess, a sport and recreation business that Will and Bevin had created together.
You can donate to Will Friend’s memorial fund on GoFundMe here.
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.
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