Kevin Clark, the actor who played drumming prodigy Freddy Jones in hit film School of Rock has died aged 32.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Clark was riding his bicycle early Wednesday morning (local time) when he was struck and killed by a driver at a dangerous intersection on Chicago's Northwest Side.
The driver of the Hyundai Sonata that hit Clark was a 20-year-old woman who was issued several citations by police.
"He told his bandmates just yesterday: You know, this is finally the life I want to live. And we're going to make it. You're my musical family - my family - and we're all going to make it," his mother Allison Clark told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jack Black, who starred in School of Rock alongside Clark, called the news "devastating".
"Kevin is gone. Way too soon. Beautiful soul," Black wrote alongside photos of the pair in the 2003 film and at a reunion in 2018.
"So many great memories. Heartbroken. Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community."
Clark's mother said he was a "raw talent" with a "heart of gold," recalling how he "shined" in his role in School of Rock - his only acting credit.
Clark went on to form his own bands and teach music at a School of Rock location in Illinois.