One Tree Hill actress Bevin Prince’s husband William Friend has tragically passed away.
On Sunday (July 3), Will was killed after being struck by lightning near his home in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The 33-year-old CEO was on a boat with his friends near Masonboro Island when lightning struck him. Emergency responders attempted to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead in the ambulance.
He passed away just a week before what would have been his 34th birthday.
Bevin, 39, married Will in 2016.
Her close friend and Walker actress Odette Annable took to Instagram to write a heartfelt tribute for Will:
“The unimaginable has happened and we have to say goodbye to another friend, @britwilliam. My best friend @bevinaprince beloved husband. Will, it feels surreal writing this. Mostly because it feels like you were just getting started. The life and love that you gave to my best friend made it feel okay that we were thousands of miles apart. As I sit in your beautiful home, looking out onto the ocean, I keep thinking about what a gift you gave to Bevin. What a gift you gave to everyone who knew you to witness the passion that burned in your soul. The passion to help people, to build your business, to find happiness like I’d never seen from you living in North Carolina with Bevin.
You were perfect for her in every way. You supported her dreams, you made her feel seen, you adored her with every bit of your soul and I will forever be grateful to witness that kind of love. Being here with Bevin, hearing her share stories about you and your love breaks my heart for her, because she lost the love of her life and the world lost a really really good one. I know you will still be with her and your gorgeous brothers and family the Prince family, and we will all feel you spreading your light and beauty through everyone who was fortunate enough to know you.
At only 33 years old, you did it, and you went out like no other in a blaze of glory. May you Rest In Peace you charming, witty, beautiful British man who loved the s–t out of America. I love you.”
Our thoughts are with Will’s loved ones during this heartbreaking time.