‘Walking Dead’ star and firefighter dies after battle with cancer


(CNN) – Dango Nguyen, a former firefighter and actor who appeared on “The Walking Dead,” died Saturday after a battle with cancer.

Georgia’s Athens-Clarke County Fire Department offered condolences in a Facebook post over the weekend.

Nguyen, known under his stage name Dango Nu Yen, appeared in several episodes of the third season of the Atlanta-based hit show about a zombie apocalypse.

He played a guard for the town of Woodbury who worked for The Governor, a villain who frequently fought with the show’s protagonist Rick Grimes.

After his stint on the show ended, Nguyen appeared in other TV shows including “The Red Road” and “Banshee,” according to his IMDB profile.

The actor also served on the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department for nearly 20 years before leaving to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, the fire department said in the Facebook post.

Nguyen is survived by his wife, Michelle, and family, the Athens-Clarke County Fire department said.

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