Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
Published 10:51 p.m. ET March 26, 2020
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Josh Wallwork, who worked in the costume department on the long-running NBC crime drama, died Thursday at age 45 after contracting COVID-19, “SVU” showrunner Warren Leight revealed on Twitter.
Leight shared a message from Wallwork’s family friend, adding the cast and crew is “heartbroken” over the news of his death.
“Very sad news today. One of our costumers, and a beautiful man, Josh Wallwork, passed away from complications of Covd-19,” Leight wrote. “Cast and crew send love and prayers to his family and friends. We are heartbroken.”
USA TODAY reached out to NBC for comment.
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Hargitay remembered Wallwork as a cheerful colleague.
“I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face,” tweeted Hargitay, who plays Capt. Olivia Benson on the NBC series. “He brought love and kindness everywhere he went. Always ready with the joke.
Heartbroken we are. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He brought love and kindness everywhere he went. Always ready with the joke. The SVU Corredor will never be the same.
We will miss you Josh. #ForeverInOurHeartshttps://t.co/ihoY9kxhCe
— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) March 26, 2020
Hargitay added: “The SVU Corredor will never be the same. We will miss you Josh.”
Ice-T, who plays Sergeant Sgt. Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, said he “worked with Josh every day.” He pleaded with everyone to “pay attention” and take social distancing seriously.
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