Bert Belasco III, star of BET’s Let’s Stay Together, I’m Dying Up Here and Pitch, was found dead in his hotel room by police responders in Richmond, Virginia. According to his father, Bert Belasco II, the actor had been preparing to star in a new movie role.

When his girlfriend and family were unable to reach the late Belasco during his stay at a Virginia hotel, the staff were prompted to contact the local Henrico County police in order to conduct a wellness check. According to a later press statement, “Upon arrival, first responders found an adult male, later identified as 38-year-old Bert Belasco III, of Woodland Hills, Calif., deceased,” the release read. “Hotel staff, who had received a call to check on Mr. Belasco’s welfare when family and friends could not reach him, called the Division’s Emergency Communications Center at 2:52 a.m. Mr. Belasco was pronounced on scene.”

While no cause of death was announced, foul play is not being considered as a cause, the late actor’s father said he believed the death was the result of an aneurysm.

The young actor is mourned by his loved and ones and former co-stars like Jackée Harry, who posted a Twitter tribute dedicated to Belasco III. The caption read, “Heartbroken at the passing of Bert Belasco – a talented, kind young man who I had the pleasuring of working with numerous times on #LetsStayTogether. Squeeze your loved ones tight! Tomorrow is never promised.” The two had played mother and son together on Let’s Stay Together, whose premiere had generated 4.4 million viewers.


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