The actor and producer Robert Cormier, who starred in the long-running Canadian drama series Heartland, has passed away. He was 33. According to his obituary, which did not list a cause of death, Cormier died on September 23rd.
The actor, who was also an athlete and great brother, is being remembered by his family as someone with a passion for helping others. According to the obituary, Cormier “He enjoyed movie nights with his family and looked up greatly to his father. He impacted many people throughout his life whether it was family, teammates, and friends.” It also notes that Cormier had a “passion for art and film,” which will keep his memory alive.
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Cormier is survived by his parents, Robert and Lisa; his sisters Brittany, Krystal, and Stephanie. He is also survived by his grandmother Joanne, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. His funeral service will take place on Sunday Oct. 2 at Ridley Funeral Home in Etobicoke Ontario
The U.K.’s ITV, which broadcasts Heartland in the United States, offered its sympathies to Cormier’s family. “Robert Cormier, aka Heartland’s Finn, was an amazing talent, gone too soon,” the network’s statement read. “We are heartbroken to hear of his death. To his friends, family, and coworkers at HBO TV
The Heartland production team also confirmed Cormier’s death, calling him a “beloved member” of the cast for the past two seasons. In light of his passing, the show’s team released this statement: “On behalf of the Heartland cast and crew, our thoughts are with him and his family, who have asked for privacy during this difficult time,”
Cormier will make his debut on the 16th season premiere of “Heartland” as Finn Cotter, a new love interest for Amy, played by Amber Mitchell. According to PEOPLE, the series airs on CBC in Canada and debuted in October 2007. It is currently the longest-running one-hour drama in Canadian television history. The first 14 seasons are available to stream on Netflix in the U.S.
Cormier began his acting career in 2008, according to his IMDb page. He has since starred in the Netflix horror series Slasher and appeared in two episodes of Starz’s American Gods. His other credits include Ransom, Bizarre Murders, The Civil War: Brothers Divided, and an episode of Designated Survivor.
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The actor’s final Instagram post, published on Aug. 29, has become a place for friends and fans to leave their condolences. “Rest In Peace brother, gone but not forgotten,” one person wrote. “Shocked to hear this news. Admired your hustle and determination to be successful in your craft. Rest easy brother,” another commented. “My heart is broken. Rest in peace,” one fan wrote.”
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