Granville Adams, star of prison drama 'Oz,' dies after cancer battle: 'Goodnight, sweet prince'

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USA TODAY 10 October, 2021 - 10:27pm

How did Granville Adams die?

On Monday, an announcement was shared to Adams' Instagram account by his family, saying in part, “Today our beloved Granville Adams has passed and is now with God. After a long hard-fought battle with Cancer, Granny has ascended to the heavens. WGN-TV‘Oz’ star Granville Adams dies after battle with cancer

The news was shared in a tribute posted by “Oz” showrunner and executive producer Tom Fontana on his Instagram on Sunday.

“Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest,” Fontana wrote.

Fontana and “Oz” star Dean Winters launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier this year to help Adams and his family pay for the actor’s medical care. The campaign had gone on to raise $99,800, exceeding its $69,500 goal, though it remained active as Adams continued to require treatment.

“As many of you know, our friend and brother Granville Adams has been diagnosed with cancer,” Fontana wrote on GoFundMe in January. “In only a few months, the medical bills have skyrocketed to astronomical levels. Not only does he have to battle this ruthless disease, but now he has to fend off the hospital bills the insurance company refuses to pay. In this quarter alone, the unpaid bills have piled up to $69,550. We want to gather together and show Granville our love by clearing this quarter’s bills, giving Granville concrete support in his fight against this vicious disease.”

Adams was a cast member in all six seasons of “Oz,” portraying Zahir Arif in 48 episodes. After being incarcerated for possession of stolen goods, Arif undergoes a transformation and reforms himself through Islam to become one of the more tranquil prisoners in the Oswald State Correctional Facility. Adams also had a role on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” and appeared in “Empire.”

In 2007, Adams was cleared of a charge of negligent homicide after an altercation in a nightclub led to a man’s death. Adams’ attorneys pleaded self-defense, while prosecutors were unable to prove that Adams had acted negligently during the altercation.

Winters shared his own tribute to Granville on Instagram.

“I first met Granny in 1992 and I immediately drank the Kool Aid,” Winters wrote. “His smile was infectious, his chuckle was intoxicating. He never, ever spoke ill of anyone and I defy anyone who knew him to say anything negative about this man. Granville was beloved, period… A humble, beautiful soul who just elevated the afterlife to a whole new level. You will be missed my friend.”

“I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer,” “Oz” costar Kirk Acevedo wrote on Twitter. “I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it. Yo Granny we’ll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then… Rest easy my friend.”

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The news was shared in a tribute posted by “Oz” showrunner and executive producer Tom Fontana on his Instagram on Sunday.

“Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest,” Fontana wrote.

Fontana and “Oz” star Dean Winters launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier this year to help Adams and his family pay for the actor’s medical care. The campaign had gone on to raise $99,800, exceeding its $69,500 goal, though it remained active as Adams continued to require treatment.

“As many of you know, our friend and brother Granville Adams has been diagnosed with cancer,” Fontana wrote on GoFundMe in January. “In only a few months, the medical bills have skyrocketed to astronomical levels. Not only does he have to battle this ruthless disease, but now he has to fend off the hospital bills the insurance company refuses to pay. In this quarter alone, the unpaid bills have piled up to $69,550. We want to gather together and show Granville our love by clearing this quarter’s bills, giving Granville concrete support in his fight against this vicious disease.”

Adams was a cast member in all six seasons of “Oz,” portraying Zahir Arif in 48 episodes. After being incarcerated for possession of stolen goods, Arif undergoes a transformation and reforms himself through Islam to become one of the more tranquil prisoners in the Oswald State Correctional Facility. Adams also had a role on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” and appeared in “Empire.”

In 2007, Adams was cleared of a charge of negligent homicide after an altercation in a nightclub led to a man’s death. Adams’ attorneys pleaded self-defense, while prosecutors were unable to prove that Adams had acted negligently during the altercation.

Winters shared his own tribute to Granville on Instagram.

“I first met Granny in 1992 and I immediately drank the Kool Aid,” Winters wrote. “His smile was infectious, his chuckle was intoxicating. He never, ever spoke ill of anyone and I defy anyone who knew him to say anything negative about this man. Granville was beloved, period… A humble, beautiful soul who just elevated the afterlife to a whole new level. You will be missed my friend.”

“I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer,” “Oz” costar Kirk Acevedo wrote on Twitter. “I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it. Yo Granny we’ll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then… Rest easy my friend.”

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'Oz' star Granville Adams dies after battle with cancer

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Oz star shared heartbreaking final post showing off 'post-radiation badness'

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OZ star Granville Adams shared a heartbreaking final post from his hospital bed showing off "post-radiation badness" just two months before he died of cancer aged 58.

The actor's family confirmed his death on Sunday after a long illness.

Adams, best known for playing Zahir Arif in the hit HBO drama, revealed he was receiving treatment for cancer in an Instagram post on December 5, 2020.

It showed him lying in hospital and was simply captioned "F**K CANCER."

It is unclear which type of cancer he had.

Adams continued to post from the hospital as he received treatment and encouraged people to remain positive.

In his final message on July 29, Adams again posted from his hospital bed, showing a black cross drawn on his chest.

"135 pounds of post-radiation badness," it read.

It said that his wife Christina was by his side as he passed away and that Adams had continued to send the family messages in the form of rainbows as they celebrated his life.

"Today our beloved Granville Adams has passed and is now with God. After a long hard-fought battle with Cancer, Granny has ascended to the heavens," it read.

"Gran spent his last days surrounded by his loved ones, family, and close friends. His wife Christina was by his side the entire time and was alone with him when he passed.

"Granny is now in peace and not suffering anymore. He fought till the end with a strength, beauty, and grace like no other, putting his family before himself til the final moments. 

"Just before he passed, we asked him to show us a sign when he crossed to the other side," the post added.

"After he passed the friends and family who were there at the hospice and hospital went to eat and reminisce about Granny.

"As we were sitting and eating, there was a torrential downpour which subsided after 30 minutes only to reveal a brilliant double rainbow right in front of us.

"We knew in that moment it was Granny, spreading love as he does."

Adams' costars also paid heartfelt tributes to the actor.

"I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer," Oz star Kirk Acevedo wrote.

"I don't do well with loss because I am unfamiliar with it. Yo Granny we'll be chopping it up on the other side one day.

"Until then ... Rest easy my friend."

Granville appeared in dozens of episodes of Oz during its run from 1997 to 2003.

His character, a Muslim inmate named Arif, first appeared in guest spots before moving onto a recurring supporting role.

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