Tom Selleck is speaking out this week to pay a moving tribute to his late “Blue Bloods” co-star Treat Williams, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday at the age of 71.
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Selleck pays tribute to Williams
“It’s been said that we’re just passing the time and occupying our chair very briefly,” said Selleck, 78. people magazine. “My friend Treat was aptly named and held his chair so well. I will miss him but I won’t forget him. Well done my friend.”
Selleck stars as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on “Blue Bloods,” and Williams had the recurring role of Lenny Ross on the CBS show.
‘Blue Bloods’ star Bridget Moynahan also paid tribute to Williams, whom she described as an “actor’s actor” and an “absolute pleasure” to work with.
“He was also an off-screen role model,” said Moynahan, 52. “His love and devotion to his family was for all to admire. We lost a good one, folks. RIP processing.
Treat Williams, a veteran actor who starred in the television series “Blue Bloods” and “Everwood,” died Monday night following a motorcycle accident in Vermont. pic.twitter.com/Wjlx3jfq1t
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NPR reported that Williams was killed in Vermont just before 5 p.m. Monday when a Honda SUV turning left in a parking lot hit his motorcycle.
“Williams was unable to avoid a collision and was ejected from his motorcycle. He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, where he was pronounced dead,” Vermont State Police said in a statement, adding that Williams was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The driver of the Honda has been identified as Ryan Koss, 35, who was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Police said no drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, which they are still investigating.
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Williams’ death was later confirmed by his agent Barry McPherson.
“I’m just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented,” McPherson said. “He was an actor. The filmmakers loved him. It’s been at the heart of Hollywood since the late 1970s.”
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Williams’ family speaks out
Williams had been married to actress Pam Van Sant since 1988 and they shared two adult children.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved Treat Williams passed away tonight in Dorset, Vermont after a fatal motorcycle accident,” the family said in a statement, according to Daily mail. “As you can imagine, we are shocked and deeply grieving at this time. Treat was full of love for his family, for his life and for his craft, and was truly at the top of his game in all of this.
“This is all so shocking right now, but please know that Treat was deeply loved and respected by his family and all who knew him,” they continued. “We are beyond devastated and ask that you respect our privacy as we process our grief. To all of his fans, know that Treat has loved you all and continue to keep him in your hearts and prayers.
Tragically, actor Treat Williams was killed yesterday in a motorbike accident in Dorset, Vermont at the age of 71. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, actress Pam Van Sant, and their two children, Gille and Ellie. #RIPTreatWilliams pic.twitter.com/LhNpNCBL0X
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What happened to Williams was incredibly tragic, and our hearts go out to Selleck and everyone affected by his passing. Please join us in saying a prayer for them during this difficult time.
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