The Blacklist & Twin Peaks star Clark Middleton dies at 63 from West Nile Virus

American actor Clark Middleton has died at the age of 63.

The Blacklist and Twin Peaks star died on Sunday October 4 after contracting mosquito-borne disease West Nile virus.

The news was confirmed by his wife Elissa.

She said in a statement: "Clark transitioned on 4 October as a result of West Nile Virus, for which there is no known cure.

"Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities."

She also called her husband a "beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend".

Clark suffered health battles throughout his life. He developed juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of four.

He became a spokesperson for The Arthritis Foundation as an adult.

Clark played Glen Carter in TV series The Blacklist – a DMV worker who moonlights as a tracker, in arguably his most well-known role.

In 2017, he was cast as Charlie, Audrey Horne's husband, in the Showtime Network series Twin Peaks: The Return, the sequel to the 1990s TV series Twin Peaks.

He also had supporting roles in Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Sin City, Fringe and Snowpiercer.

Clark made his acting debut in the 1983 TV movie Miss Lonelyhearts.

In 1997, he wrote the one-person play Miracle Mile about his lifelong struggle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The star performed it in New York City and other parts of the US.

Middleton had a recurring role on Law & Order as forensics technician Ellis in the 1990s. He also played a recurring character known as Edward Markham, a rare book dealer, in the science-fiction series Fringe.

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