Bonfils died just days before a production of Dante's Inferno: A Modern Telling was set to open

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated January 07, 2015 09:45 PM

Khan Bonfils, an actor who appeared in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and multiple James Bond films, collapsed and died during a play rehearsal in London this week, just days before opening night.

“With great sadness, we announce the death of Kan Bonfils. His sudden loss is a tragedy and he will be sorely missed,” Craft Theater, the company producing Dante’s Inferno: A Modern Telling, Tweeted Tuesday.

A Craft Theater spokesman told the BBC that Khan, who also went by Kan, “collapsed during a rehearsal and the director Rocky Rodriguez Jr. performed CPR on location.”

“We’ve been through a bit of a trauma, it’s all very difficult to stomach,” Rodriguez said in a statement posted on the theater company’s website. “The only thing we know how to do is continue to do what we do. We need to finish the journey that Kan was on.”

The theater announced Ryan Prescott, Bonfils’s close friend, will take over his role and the production is expected to open Saturday – two days after the previously scheduled opening night.

Bonfils’s cause of death is not known, reports the BBC. Multiple sites list his age at death as 42.

According to the BBC, the actor played Jedi master Saesee Tiin in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and also appeared in Bond films Skyfall and Tomorrow Never Dies, as well as Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life Batman Begins and other films.