Darren Shahlavi, ‘Arrow’ Actor And Stuntman, Dies Of Alleged Overdose
Darren Shahlavi, martial arts star, stuntman and actor, has died at the age of 42.
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Shahlavi was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Jan. 14, and sources have revealed that police suspect he died of an overdose of prescription medication. Shahlavi reportedly had a history of drug and alcohol addiction, and the coroner will complete toxicology tests to determine the cause of death.
Shahlavi, originally from England, was a martial artist who began his career as a stuntman in Hong Kong in the ‘90s, working as both a stuntman and a fight choreographer for multiple films before slowly transitioning into bigger acting roles.
In America, Shahlavi earned small roles on the big and small screens. Shahlavi appeared as one of the first villains in the CW’s Arrow, playing Constantine Drakon in the pilot that aired in 2012. Arrow star Stephen Amell paid tribute to Shahlavi on Twitter, calling him a “great dude” and saying he was the first person Amell exchanged blows with onscreen. “Fight looked good because of him,” Amell wrote.
RIP Darren Shahlavi. 1st guy I ever fought on Arrow. He was a great dude & a patient, thoughtful partner. Fight looked good because of him.
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) January 20, 2015
Shahlavi recently completed work on three films, including Kickboxer: Vengeance alongside action heavyweights Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano.
Shahlavi’s Kickboxer co-star, Alain Moussi posted a tribute to the late actor on Instagram, writing, “Thanks for all the great moments, the laughs and the advice you gave me while shooting Kickboxer. It was a privilege and honor to be on screen with you. My condolences go out to Darren’s family. I will miss you brother!”
Celebs mourn Darren Shahlavi:
A badass on screen and a kind true gentleman off it. RIP Darren @Shahlavi You will be missed.
— Ian Anthony Dale (@IanAnthonyDale) January 21, 2015
— Adrian Holmes (@adrianholmes) January 21, 2015
For ur 1st movie 1st fight scene u couldve only hoped u got someone as good as Darren Shahlavi. Im thankful I did RIP pic.twitter.com/rEARoV6Sa9
— The Miz (@mikethemiz) January 21, 2015