Sam Lloyd, a comedic actor best known for his recurring role on the hit series Scrubs, recently passed away at the age of 56 from an inoperable brain tumor, according to TMZ.
Lloyd portrayed lawyer Ted Buckland on Scrubs and later reprised the role on Cougar Town, a sitcom from the same creator, Bill Lawrence.
“Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted),” Lawrence wrote in a statement on Friday. “Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many.”
A long battle
As reported by the New York Post’s Page Six, Lloyd had been diagnosed with the tumor a short time after his wife gave birth to their son, Weston, in January 2019.
Doctors reportedly deemed it inoperable upon determining it was intertwined with his brain and the cancer had spread to his jaw, liver, and spine.
An online fundraiser account set up last year to help with Lloyd’s medical expenses indicated that the tumor formed as a result of lung cancer that had spread to his brain and taken hold despite promising treatments he had previously undergone.
The account further revealed that he has been in a coma for two months and, with his wife and sister at his side in a Los Angeles hospital room, he died on Thursday.
“Could not have been a kinder man”
Zach Braff, who starred in Scrubs, paid tribute to his friend and colleague on Twitter, calling Lloyd “one of the funniest actors” with whom he had ever worked.
“Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together,” he wrote. “He could not have been a kinder man.”
Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy. pic.twitter.com/wwyvGNbveG
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 1, 2020
Lloyd, who was the nephew of actor Christopher Lloyd, had a long list of appearances on hit television shows to his credit, including roles in Desperate Housewives, Happy Together, Malcolm in the Middle, Modern Family, Seinfeld, Shameless, Spin City, and The West Wing.
In addition to the scores of tributes from those who knew and loved him, Lloyd will doubtlessly be missed by the many fans he accumulated throughout his career who grieve his tragic death at such a relatively young age.