Actress, producer Hilary Heath dies of coronavirus

Horror film actress and producer turned addiction counselor Hilary Heath has died of COVID-19, Fox News reports. 

She was 74.

Actress turned producer turned counselor

According to Fox, Heath’s death was confirmed in a Facebook post Wednesday by her godson Alex Williams, who wrote, “We lost my wonderful Godmother Hilary Heath to COVID-19 last week.”

Williams went on to recount Heath’s “many careers, starting out as a screen and stage actress in the 1960s and 1970s, and then re-inventing herself as a producer in the 1990s, making films like Nil by Mouth (Gary Oldman) and An Awfully Big Adventure (Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman).”

“She was a force of nature, and I can’t bear it that she is no longer with us,” he added.

Leaving a legacy

According to Deadline, Heath was best known for her early roles in horror films starring alongside the great Vincent Price. She appeared in Witchfinder General, The Oblong Box, and Cry of the Banshee.

The British actress also starred in a number of other films throughout the 1960s and ’70s, but eventually transitioned into the role of producer. According to the Daily Mail, “Heath is credited as either Producer or Executive Producer for several films, including feature [film] Criminal Law (1988).” She also “won a CableAce Award for the TV movie The Worst Witch” in 1988, the Daily Mail reported.

Later, Heath launched a talent agency with her then-husband, Duncan. Known as Duncan Heath Associates, the business was sold to investors in 1984, ahead of the couple’s 1989 divorce.

Heath is survived by her ex-husband and their two children, Daniel and Laura, according to Fox.

Looking ahead

Heath’s death is one of nearly 115,000 around the world from COVID-19, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. More than 1.8 million people worldwide have tested positive for the disease.

Reports have indicated that scientists are making headway on vaccines and treatments to fight back against the coronavirus, but things are moving slowly. Still, Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel says a top official on President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force is “optimistic” about what’s to come.

“[Dr.] Tony [Fauci] talked to me about the vaccine development,” Siegel told Fox’s Tucker Carlson last week. “And he said that the Moderna vaccine that the NIH is looking at is very encouraging.”

We can only hope more “encouraging” news is on the way in the coming weeks.

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