Jack Black has led the tributes for School of Rock star Kevin Clark who died on Wednesday at the age of 32.
The former child star and professional drummer – who played Freddy “Spazzy McGee” Jones in the popular movie – had been riding his bike in Chicago when he was fatally struck by a car.
Clark was taken to hospital but pronounced dead an hour later.
Police told the Chicago Sun Times that a 20-year-old woman was driving the car that hit Clark and she was issued citations
Black, 51, shared an emotional tribute to Instagram remembering the “beautiful soul” who he starred alongside in the 2003 comedy.
He uploaded two images of the pair, with a throwback photo of the stars together in the movie alongside a shot of the pair smiling as adults.
He wrote alongside the images: “Devastating news. Kevin is gone. Way too soon. Beautiful soul. So many great memories. Heartbroken. Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community.”
Rivkah Reyes, who starred as Katie in the movie, also took to social media to share her sorrow. She posted an image of the pair from the movie and captioned it: “Love you forever, spaz.
“I will never forget your hugs and your laugh and the sheer joy on your face when we’d run into each other in chicago. thank you for always showing up for me with that “big brother I never had” energy.
Fans of the movie also took to social media to share their condolences.
Another put: “I’m so sad about this, man. School of Rock is a classic and Freddy was awesome. RIP to Kevin Clark. Gone way too soon.”
And a third commented: “So sad…The young man had his whole life ahead of him…So sorry to hear this. This movie was one of the best. Jack Black is an iconic actor for his roles like this one…My condolences to Kevin Clark’s family and friends!”
Following the tragedy, Kevin’s mother Alison Clark also paid tribute to her son, announcing that he was still making music up until his death.
“He’s just a raw talent. He’s got a heart of gold,” she said.
His mother revealed that he didn’t intend to become an actor and didn’t star in any movies after School of Rock.
She revealed that he had no previous acting experience when he landed his big role in the Hollywood movie after he attended its auditions with a friend.
“He just kind of shined,” she continued”He took it on right away, but he never really acted afterwards.”