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Mourning the End of an Era, Dwyane Wade’s Wife Gabrielle Union, Donovan Mitchell and Millions Pay Their Respects to Veteran Actor

Published 05/31/2023, 3:27 AM EDT

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Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade’s wife Gabrielle Union has had an impressive career in Hollywood Boulevard. In her two-decade-long career, she has teamed up with various star performers, but she cherished working with a particular veteran actor. Unfortunately, Union’s beloved co-star recently passed away, and she took to social media and penned an emotional note for the actor. Along with her, NBA star Donovan Mitchell and thousands of fans shared their condolences as well.

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The millionaire actress, who has been making waves in the entertainment world, turned into a full-time professional actor by accident after her modeling internship fetched her a few roles. Over the years, she has acted alongside various stars like Jamie Foxx and Will Smith, but she considered working alongside this seasoned actor as joyous in her message.

Dwyane Wade’s wife and fans across the world mourn the loss of veteran actor John Beasley


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Veteran Hollywood actor John Beasley passed away at the age of 79 in Omaha, Nebraska. Beasley acted in over 26 films in his three-decade-long career. Notably, the current generation recognizes him for his work in the Walking Tall film series.

Several reports suggested that the actor had undergone multiple liver tests before passing away. Moreover, the actor’s grandson, Malik Beasley, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, took to his social media and penned an emotional message.


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The 26-year-old hooper also took to his Instagram story and shared one of the accolades of his grandpa. He shared a picture of his grandparents standing in front of a street sign named after him along with the caption, “Man was a goat back home got his own street.”

Apart from his grandson, Gabrielle Union and many others took to their social media to express their feelings. Union poured down an emotional message on Twitter. She wrote, Feeling lucky to have experienced his smile & laugh & his enormous talent for the Beasley family and all who were blessed to bask in his light.”

Cleveland Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell expressed his condolences through a comment on Malik Beasley’s Instagram post. Interestingly, Hollywood star Chris Pratt recently revealed a little-known fact about grandpa Beasley and his grandson, which Malik Beasley also shared on his story, captioning it, “Just weeks before (teary-eyed emoji),” to convey how recent it was. John Beasley had predicted that Malik would become an NBA star!

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Over the years, Beasley has attracted a lot of fans through his charming acting and the tragic news left them in disbelief. 

Fans grieve over the actor’s passing

Fans took to their social media comments sections expressing their grief after the tragic news surfaced on the internet. Here are some reactions from fans:

“My deepest condolences and prayers for you and all of your family and loved ones.”

“Keep ya head up the man believed in you bless up”

“He was in Walking Tall. I never knew he was your grandfather.”

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“I always remember him from Walking Tall”

“Ik your pain bro, stay strong”

Even though John Beasley passed away, he left behind a lasting impression in his fans’ hearts through the characters he played. 


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Which is your favorite character played by John Beasley in his films? Let us know in the comments below!



Shahul Hameed

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, where he brings his passion for sports and entertainment journalism to life. With a Master's Degree in journalism from a reputed institute and years of experience in the industry, Shahul always strives to provide insightful and astute coverage of the NBA to the fans. Shahul's love for sports writing dates back to his college days.

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