Emmy-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones, renowned for his portrayal of William Hill in the cherished American family drama series “This Is Us,” has left a void in the entertainment world with his passing at the age of 66. A representative for the esteemed actor confirmed to PEOPLE that Jones had been grappling with a “long-standing pulmonary issue.”

The representative’s statement shared with the publication conveyed, “The esteemed and award-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones has departed at the age of 66 due to a prolonged pulmonary ailment.”

“Throughout his illustrious career, his warmth, allure, benevolence, compassion, and heart resonated deeply with all fortunate enough to cross paths with him,” the statement further read. “His artistic journey commenced at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and his unwavering affection for the stage remained steadfast throughout his entire career, culminating in his recent Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning performance.”

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