There has been an outpouring of sadness in local theatre circles following the news of the sudden passing of actor Glen Thompson.
Thompson, 48, died at St. Boniface General Hospital Tuesday night as a result of a massive stroke after the cancer in his lymph nodes reached his brain. He was diagnosed with melanoma 11 months ago and following radiation treatment last week fell ill at his parents' house in Fort Garry on Friday and never regained consciousness.
"No one saw this coming," said Laurie Lam, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre producer. "He was just in Jamaica, so you think everything is fine. He was the sweetest guy."
His last performance at RMTC was as bullied and sensitive Little Charles Aiken in August: Osage County in 2012. Thompson had worked for most Winnipeg theatre companies, primarily in character and supporting roles. His sideline was doing stunt work in movies like Goon (2013), ATM (2012) and Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (2011).
"He had two loves, acting and hockey," said Brad, the youngest of the three Thompson brothers. "He lived, ironically, a clean life; didn't smoke or drink. He was active to the end. Nobody had a bad word to say about Glen."
The shock of his death hit the local acting profession hard and many of his colleagues took to Facebook to express their grief at losing one of the stage's good guys.
"He was a gem to work with," said actor John Bluethner. "He was so generous. He had no ego. It's a loss to the theatre community."
The funeral is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at Fort Garry United Church, 800 Point Rd., with a reception to follow at the Wildewood Club, 761 North Dr.