Dango Nguyen Dies; The Walking Dead Star Was 48

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The Walking Dead actor and former firefighter Dango Nguyen has died following his battle with cancer. 

He was 48. 

Nguyen appeared in several episodes of The Walking Dead Season 3 under his stage name Dango Nu Yen. He played a guard who worked for The Governor on the hit AMC drama series. 


He followed up that series with roles in other shows like Banshee, The Red Road, and more recently, Star. 

His other TV credits include The Originals, MacGyver, Lodge 49, and Meet the Browns. 

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On The Originals, in particular, Nguyen had two roles. He first appeared on The Originals Season 1 as a Daywalker, part of Marcel's inner circle. 

He returned for The Originals Season 4 as Inadu's Father in a flashback-heavy installment. 


Before he began his acting career, Nguyen served as a firefighter in the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department in Georgia. 

He served for almost 20 years. The fire department reacted to the shock death with a post on its Facebook page. 

"It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our former firefighters. Dango Nguyen passed away early this morning after a hard-fought battle with cancer," the post reads.

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"Dango was a member of our department for almost 20 years."

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"He will always be remembered for his physical and mental strength. He was an aggressive and tenacious firefighter and first responder."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Michelle, his family, and all of his friends," the post continued.

"He touched many lives. We will all remember his quick wit, high energy, and unwavering determination. We all aspire to be 'Dango Strong.'"

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Dango Nguyen during this difficult time. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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