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New Girl fanatics across the world are mourning the loss of character actor Ralph Ahn, best known for playing Nick's (Jake Johnson) silent neighbour and bestie Tran.
Ahn passed away aged 95 and a cause of death hasn't been confirmed, according to Variety.
The character Tran first appeared in the season 2 episode "Menzies". Nick meets Tran in a park. The pair managed to forge a connection and the elderly man guided nick to a nearby spy after the bartender felt comfortable enough to open up to him.
While at the spa the two continue their random afternoon excursion in a hot tube where Tran cradles Nick like a baby.
Ahn's former screen partner Jake Johnson shared a touching tribute after news of his death came to light.
"RIP. So much fun to work with," he wrote in an Instagram post with a picture of Ahn as Tran in the "Menzies" episode. "He gave so much with literally no lines. I loved when he was on set. I was always expecting to somehow work with him again.
Condolences to his family/friends."
New Girl star Zooey Deschanel commented on Johnson's post, writing: "Noooooo" with a crying face emoji.
Lamorne Morris also shared snaps of Ahn from New Girl on Instagram and said in the caption: "Damn. RIP to Ralph Ahn. He played Tran on New Girl. Always the funniest scenes in the episode. This man lived a lot of life, keep his friends and family in yall thoughts and prayers."
Hannah Simone, the actor who played Jess' BFF Cece, reshared the Hollywood Reporter's post about the actor's passing on her Instagram Stories.
She wrote alongside the post: "Thank you #RalphAhn for being the best. You brought so much joy to our lives and helped pave the way for all the AAPI that would follow you. We love you. RIP".
Ahn's screen credits date back to 1953 when he had his first uncredited role in the 1953 American war film Battle Circus. He was born on 28th September 1926 in Los Angeles. His parents were among the first wave of Korean immigrants to the United States in 1902.
Outside of television and film, Ahn joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 to fight the Japanese during World War II.
Upon his return, he continued appearing in television shows, such as The Golden Girls and Gilmore Girls. His role in New Girl gave him international recognition, after appearing in a total of seven episodes.
RIP Ralph. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
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