‘The Walking Dead’ Actor, Former Firefighter Dango Nguyen Dies of Cancer at 48

Dango Nguyen, who appeared in several episodes of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and a former Athens-Clarke County Fire Department firefighter, died from cancer on Saturday.

The heartbreaking news was announced by the fire department on Sunday, August 11, on their official Facebook page.

Nguyen, 48, who also goes by his stage name Dango Nu Yen, appeared in many films and series as a stunt performer, including “The Red Road” starring Jason Momoa, “The Originals,” “Mile 22” and the 2019 series “Insatiable,” according to his IMDB page.

He also appeared in “The Walking Dead” as one of Woodbury’s guards during the zombie drama’s third season, CNN reported. After his work in the series, Nguyen went on to appear in several other TV shows.

Nguyen was a sergeant in the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department and was a well-known member of their family before he joined the movie industry.

“He will always be remembered for his physical and mental strength. He was an aggressive and tenacious firefighter and first responder. He was also an excellent fire officer. He carried out his service to our community with a high level of pride in his craft, as well as a competitive spirit that made everyone else that he worked with better too,” the Facebook post reads.

Nguyen documented his battle with cancer on Instagram, People reported. Shirts were also made that reads “Dango Strong” in his honor as a form of inspiration to keep fighting cancer.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Michelle, his family, and all of his friends,” the Facebook post continued. “He touched many lives. We will all remember his quick wit, high energy, and unwavering determination. We all aspire to be ‘Dango Strong.’”

Images via Instagram / dangonuyen

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: [email protected]