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School of Rock child star Kevin Clark dead at 32: Actor fatally hit by motorist in Chicago


School of Rock child star Kevin Clark dead at 32: Actor fatally hit by motorist while riding his bicycle in Chicago

  • School of Rock actor Kevin Clark has tragically died in a motorist accident on Wednesday morning. He was 32 years old.  
  • A 20-year-old woman was said to be driving the car that struck and killed the actor according to police 
  • The former child star was best known for playing Freddy Jones in the classic 2003 Jack Black comedy movie School of Rock  

School of Rock actor Kevin Clark has tragically died in a motorist accident, after he was fatally struck by a car while on his bicycle in Chicago. He was 32 years old. 

Clark was best known for playing Freddy Jones in the classic 2003 Jack Black comedy movie, and had reunited with the cast in 2018. 

According to TMZ, the former actor was riding his bicycle on the Northwest Side of Chicago early Wednesday morning, when he was hit by a driver in a Hyundai Sonata. 

A 20-year-old woman was said to be driving the car that struck and killed Clark according to police. The woman has not been arrested, but she has been issued with citations. 

School of Rock child star Kevin Clark dead at 32: Actor fatally hit by motorist while riding his bicycle in Chicago

Per a report from the Cook County Medical Examiner, Clark was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead at 2:04pm (CDT). 

His sister said the former child star was on his way home at the time of the accident. 

Once in a lifetime: Kevin Clark at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival

Once in a lifetime: Kevin Clark at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival

Born Kevin Alexander Clark in Highland Park, Illinois, the one-time actor had started playing the drums since the age of three.

His drumming skills lead him to Hollywood as he ended up being cast in the 2003 comedy alongside Jack Black, as student drummer Freddy Jones. 

It would be his only movie role, but clearly it had a lasting effect on him – as he reunited with the movie’s star Black at a Tenacious D concert in Chicago in 2018. 

The movie was a huge success when it was released in the fall of 2003, going on to rake in $131.3million at the box office, against a moderate $35million budget. 

Black played struggling rock guitarist Dewey Finn in the film, who disguises himself as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school, and forms a band of fifth-grade students. 

Playing the drummer in the school band, Clark would end up having a prominent role in the film – which he once revealed he only got because he could actually play the drums. 

Reunited: Clark (right) posed with Jack Black (left) backstage at a Tenacious D concert in Chicago in 2018, staging a mini-reunion

Reunited: Clark (right) posed with Jack Black (left) backstage at a Tenacious D concert in Chicago in 2018, staging a mini-reunion 

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