Ray Stevenson Was Rushed to Hospital from Set Before Death, Filming Was Suspended: Sources (Exclusive)

The actor, who died on Sunday, was on an Italian island filming the movie 'Cassino in Ischia'

Rich Polk/Getty
Rich Polk/Getty

Prior to his death on Sunday, Ray Stevenson was rushed to the hospital from the set of a movie he recently began filming in Italy, sources tell PEOPLE.

The actor, known for movies like Divergent and Thor, died on Sunday, just days before what would have been his 59th birthday on Thursday. At the time of his death, Stevenson was on the Italian island of Ischia, where he was shooting the movie Cassino in Ischia.

Sources tell PEOPLE the actor was taken to a nearby hospital on Saturday afternoon from the set of the film. One source adds that production on Cassino in Ischia was immediately suspended.

A rep for Stevenson did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Spokespersons for Paramount Global Content Distribution, the production company behind the upcoming movie, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

No further information about Stevenson's cause of death is available at this time.

Related: Ray Stevenson Describes Upcoming 'Star Wars' Role in One of His Final Interviews Before His Death

<p>Jeff Spicer/Getty</p>

Jeff Spicer/Getty

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

In a May 15 Facebook post, Cassino in Ischia director Frank Ciota wrote, "We are shooting this week in Ischia. Ray is killing it!" According to Deadline, the movie centers around Stevenson's character Nic Cassino, a once-popular action-movie star who tries to revive his career by going to Italy to "make the first ever Neo-Realist' action film with down-on-their-luck Italian directors."

Related: Paying Tribute to the Celebrities Who Have Died in 2023

However," Deadline added in its summary, "unresolved struggles with his family resurface and he is forced to reconcile all he left behind on his road to fame."

Stevenson is set to appear in the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ series Ashoka with Rosario Dawson, which debuts in August. His upcoming movie Gateway to the West had entered post-production at the time of his death, according to IMDb.

In the year prior to Stevenson's death, the actor starred as the antagonist Governor Buxton in the crossover 2022 Bollywood hit RRR, as well as in the films Memory and Accident Man: Hitman's Holiday.

For more People news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Read the original article on People.