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Firefighter turned ‘Walking Dead’ actor passes away after battling cancer


Dango Nguyen (Source: Instagram/Facebook)

Peter Sblendorio
New York Daily News

An actor who appeared on several episodes of “The Walking Dead” has died following a fight with cancer, officials said.

Dango Nguyen, who also worked as a firefighter in Georgia for years, passed away early Saturday morning after a “hard-fought battle” with the disease, the Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services, where he used to work, announced over the weekend.

He was 48, according to WGXA, and performed under the name Dango Nu Yen.

“Dango was a sergeant with our department when he left to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and other interests,” a post on the department’s Facebook page reads. “But, once you’re a firefighter, you’re always part of our family. And Dango was a very well known member of our family.”

Nguyen portrayed a guard for the menacing character known as The Governor, played by David Morrissey, on “The Walking Dead.” Nguyen appeared in seven episodes during the AMC show’s third season.

He also had small gigs on the TV shows “Star,” CBS’ rebooted “MacGyver” and “The Gifted” in recent years.

Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services said Nguyen worked there for nearly two decades, too.

“He will always be remembered for his physical and mental strength,” the department’s statement reads. “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.”


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