Oscar winner Mark Rylance has been forced to cancel shows after a tragic announcement online.
Famed actor Mark Rylance has tragically announced that his brother Jonathan ‘Jonno’ Waters has passed away after a bicycle accident.
He was on his bike in Oakland last Friday when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle. He suffered serious head injuries and was treated at the scene by first responders before being rushed to hospital.
The 60-year-old died the next morning.
In an online tribute, Rylance explained that he would not be performing his play Jerusalem in London’s West End over the weekend.
“I am sorry to tell you that on May 28, my dear brother Jonathan Waters was knocked off his bike and tragically passed away from his injuries,” he said.
“Unfortunately, to attend his funeral in California, I have to miss three performances of Jerusalem from Saturday, June 11 through Sunday, June 12.
“Unfortunately, because I have no understudy to play the part of Rooster Johnny Byron, these performances have been cancelled.
“Sonia Friedman Productions, along with Nimax, are hosting additional performances at the end of the planned run to try and accommodate everyone involved.
“I hope you understand my need to grieve my beloved brother and thank you for your support at this time. I hope you can attend another Jerusalem performance.”
Mr. Waters had worked for over 30 years in the US at one of California’s most acclaimed restaurants, Chez Panisse.
It is the second close relative that Rylance has lost in recent years.
Rylance, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies, retired from his role in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony after the sudden death of his “beloved” stepdaughter.
Filmmaker Nataasha van Kampen, 28, collapsed from a suspected brain haemorrhage during a flight from New York.
Nataasha was the daughter of Rylance’s wife Claire van Kampen and has known the actor since she was three. Her sister is the award-winning actress Juliet Rylance.