Actor known for playing demons on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" dies at 68

 December 14, 2023

Fans of the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" were shocked this week to learn that one of the show's actors had passed away. 

According to Fox News, Camden Toy passed away on Monday at the age of 68 following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Actor was diagnosed in February 2022

The network noted that Toy was known for playing a variety of monsters and demons on the hit series which ran from 1997 until 2003.

"Those who knew him, remember the kindness, the sweetness and his infectious smile, and great sense of humor. He relished in making people laugh," Fox News quoted Toy's obituary as saying.

The late actor's longtime girlfriend Bethany Henderson posted a statement last Friday on Facebook in which she explained that Toy had been diagnosed with cancer in February of 2022 after experiencing "mysterious pain" for some months.

"For many reasons we were very hopeful for, at least, a longer and more fruitful time on planet Earth. Even the more recent challenges felt more like a hiccup in progress," she wrote.

Toy appeared on Emmy-nominated episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

"Unfortunately, it looks like we've reached the end of the road with the doctor's treatments," Henderson lamented before adding, "His condition has declined a lot in the last 2 months and tremendously in the last several days."

"He chose, for many reasons, not to announce his illness publicly, and so, unfortunately, this may be new and shocking news to many of his fans. We both apologize for this and please know that he has appreciated you all so much, as have I!" she concluded.

Fox News noted that Toy was best known for playing one of the Gentlemen in an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" known as "Hush," which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1999.

In addition to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Toy also appeared on its spinoff series "Angel" as well as "The Mentalist," "Shameless," "Into the Dark," "The Insider's Guide to Film School" and "Monster School Animation."

Fellow actors pay tribute

The website Digital Spy noted how "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Sarah Michelle Gellar paid tribute to Toy on her Instagram page, writing that it had been an "honor" to work with him.

Fellow actor Doug Jones spoke up as well in a post on the social media platform previously known as Twitter, stating, "This is hard."

"So many memories including working together, decades of laughing, sharing mutual friends, get-togethers, travel, conventions, and huggles with each other and our fans," he declared.

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