“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Actor Dead at 68

(RepublicanJournal.org) – Actor Camden Toy, best known for his roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Bay,” passed away after a two-year fight against pancreatic cancer. Fans had little time to prepare, with his partner sharing about his deteriorating condition on Facebook only days before his passing. The actor was 68 years old.

Toy’s obituary appears in a press release, which states that he died on December 11. His IMBd page lists 58 acting credits to his name. Although he typically landed small roles, Toy’s unique and inviting presence made him memorable and well-loved among his viewers. He appeared on “Buffy” in six episodes, donning heavy prosthetics and makeup to play three different monsters for the Slayer to battle. Likely his most iconic role was “The Gentleman” in the series’ highly acclaimed 1999 episode, “Hush,” which earned the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, an Emmy nomination.

Other credits under Toy’s belt include the recurring role of Igor Chambers in “The Bay,” which he played in 14 episodes, and the title character in Metallica’s “King Nothing” music video. His performance in the short film “Running Away With Blackie” won him a Maverick Movie Award in 2009 for Best Supporting Actor. He also received a 2011 ISA awards nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor for his work on “The Bay.”

Partner, Bea Henderson, apologized in her Facebook post on behalf of Toy for keeping the diagnosis out of the public spotlight. She shared that the actor was diagnosed in February 2022, after suffering from a “mysterious pain” for months. She stated that his loved ones had been hopeful about his prognosis, but he’d recently taken a turn for the worst.

Pancreatic cancer will kill an estimated 50,550 people in 2023 according to the American Cancer Society. The disease can be hard to detect in the early stages because it usually only causes symptoms after the tumor progresses. Weight and/or appetite loss, pain in the upper stomach or back, fatigue, and changes to urine or stool color are often among the earliest indications. Smoking, excessive weight, diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, and exposure to certain chemicals can increase a person’s risk of developing this difficult-to-treat cancer.

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