Darren Shahlavi, an English actor and stuntsman who starred in Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Arrow, has died of apparent overdose. He was 42.
According to his agent, Shahlavi died in his sleep January 14 in his home in Los Angeles. According to law enforcement agents, he appeared to have overdosed on prescription pills, but no official cause of death has been determined.
Shahlavi began martial arts training at age 7 in Manchester, England before moving to Hong Kong in the early 90s to become a well-known stuntsman in kung fu films. He later broke into Hollywood in the early 2000s, where he found fame in movies like I Spy (2002) and The Final Cut (2004). His most successful work was in the 2010 Hong Kong stunt movie Ip Man 2.
In 2011, Shahlavi starred as Kano in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. He has also appeared in numerous other TV shows, the most recent being Arrow. His last movie role is in Pound of Flesh, which he only recently finished shooting with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Reacting to his death, Arrow star Stephen Amell tweeted on Tuesday, ‘RIP Darren Shahlavi. 1st guy I ever fought on Arrow. He was a great dude & a patient, thoughtful partner. Fight looked good because of him.’