An independent film actor reportedly passed away in a car accident while driving to accept an award for his most recent movie.
Young played the role of The Monster in “D-Railed”, which won five Platinum awards (Concept, Costumes, Sound Design/Editing, Cinematography and Directing) from the International Independent Film Awards.
The movie also won nine awards from the New York Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Story, Best Thriller, Best Horror, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best Narrative Feature, Best Ensemble and Best Young Actress (Shae Smolik).
Fellow cast member Daniel O’Reilly announced the tragic news in a Facebook post on Friday.
“Our hearts in the ‘D-Railed’ family have been shattered. Phil Young, who played the monster in our ‘little film that could’ was killed last night in a car accident on his way to win an award for the movie.”
“Phil had that energy, passion, hope, love, joy (I could go on forever),” O’Reilly added. “‘He was so kind and charismatic and loved his job’ says it all.”
“He is so sorely missed. Our prayers go out to his family now and forever.”
Young, who also appeared in CBS’s “Nash Bridges”, TNT’s “Wanted” and “Southland”, started acting at the age of 14, according to Authority Magazine.
“It’s kind of weird because my career has kind of gone in that direction. I don’t like to be scared — I like scaring people,” Young told the outlet about “D-Railed” in January. “I fell into working at Universal Studios theme park as a day job and one of my first jobs there was being a ‘scareacter’ at Halloween Horror Nights, so this wasn’t my first fore’ into prosthetic monsters.”
Images via Facebook / Phil Young