AHSOKA Star Rosario Dawson And Showrunner Dave Filoni Share Tributes To Ray Stevenson Following His Death

AHSOKA Star Rosario Dawson And Showrunner Dave Filoni Share Tributes To Ray Stevenson Following His Death

Earlier this week, we learned that Ahsoka star Ray Stevenson has died, and showrunner Dave Filoni and star Rosario Dawson have now shared touching tributes to the actor. The latter also shares new BTS photos.

By JoshWilding - May 24, 2023 08:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: SFFGazette.com

On Monday, we learned that Ahsoka star Ray Stevenson had passed away at the age of 58. Details about the alleged illness that saw him hospitalised over the weekend have not been revealed, but tributes continue pouring in for an actor who was clearly beloved by those he worked with. 

After first joining the Star Wars franchise with the animated series Star Wars Rebels (where he voiced Gar Saxon), Stevenson was tapped to play Baylan Skoll in this summer's live-action Ahsoka. We expect his character to be an incredibly important part of the series, with theories running rampant that he may, in fact, be playing the evil Joruus C'baoth from Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire novels. 

Sharing his thoughts on the late actor, Ahsoka showrunner Dave Filoni tells StarWars.com (via SFFGazette.com), "We have lost a great talent and friend in Ray Stevenson. His kindness and generosity were felt by our entire team on Ahsoka. I always looked forward to working with Ray, and I appreciated his insight and daily wisdom."

"I am glad that his memory will live on through his family, friends, and the many characters he created. Thank you Ray, for everything."

Ahsoka Tano herself, Rosario Dawson, has also weighed in with her own tribute. Taking to Instagram, where she shared a number of behind-the-scenes photos from the series, the actress called Stevenson, "A giant of a man."

"[I'm] stunned and reeling from this tragic, devastating news. Gone too soon from this world," she continued. "At a loss for words...just wanted to mark this moment and share your ever-ready and present smile. Love you forever. Holding your family in my heart."

It's unclear what role, if any, Stevenson's character was set to play beyond Ahsoka, but his lightsaber-wielding baddie has already captivated Star Wars fans. 

Once again, our thoughts go out to Ray's family and friends at this time. 

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MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 5/24/2023, 8:43 AM
This really sucks, died wayyyy to young and feel awful for his family and friends.

With that said i was really looking forward to his character and what role he'll play not only in Ahsoka but what could have been in future shows/movies.
Repian
Repian - 5/24/2023, 9:02 AM
@MotherGooseUPus - Maybe Crowe to play the character after season one.

MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 5/24/2023, 10:53 AM
@Repian - honestly, thats spot on. would love that, and in no way tarnish what Ray did, but to carry on what could of been. great call
Matchesz
Matchesz - 5/24/2023, 9:15 AM
Okay, but what was the cause of death?
LimeD
LimeD - 5/24/2023, 10:53 AM
@Matchesz - You already know what it will be. Won't be said though.
abd00bie
abd00bie - 5/24/2023, 11:30 AM
@LimeD - suicide? drugs? i genuinely don't know what
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 5/24/2023, 9:21 AM
Shit, man, I completely forgot he was in Ahsoka. Hopefully his character's arc reaches a fitting end in season 1.
IcePyke
IcePyke - 5/24/2023, 10:10 AM
😔

McMurdo
McMurdo - 5/24/2023, 12:11 PM
@IcePyke - yup. Tragedy. RIP.
slickrickdesigns
slickrickdesigns - 5/24/2023, 11:02 AM
He will be missed.. great actor who was under rated but always a good performance. He was great as Frank Castle. I hope he gets more recognition as it seems like a lot of people are glancing over his death. I look forward to his performance in Ahsoka.
dragon316
dragon316 - 5/24/2023, 2:03 PM
That sucks Rest In Peace suck more if his character is more likable villian in other Star Wars shows
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