Walking Dead actor dies at 48 following cancer battle

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The Walking Dead star and former firefighter Dango Nguyen has sadly passed away at age 48 following his battle with cancer.

Nguyen, who went by the stage name Dango Nu Yen, played a guard who worked for The Governor on the hit zombie series, and also squared up against Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes in season three.

After his time on The Walking Dead ended, he appeared in other shows including The Red Road and Banshee.

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Before he began his acting career, Nguyen served as a firefighter on the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department in Georgia for almost 20 years.

The fire department has paid tribute to the actor by sharing a touching post on its Facebook page.

The post read: "It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our former firefighters. Dango Nguyen passed away early this morning after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Dango was a member of our department for almost 20 years.

"He will always be remembered for his physical and mental strength. He was an aggressive and tenacious firefighter and first responder."

Nguyen was a sergeant with the department before he left to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, the post said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Michelle, his family, and all of his friends," the fire department added. "He touched many lives. We will all remember his quick wit, high energy, and unwavering determination. We all aspire to be 'Dango Strong'."

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