Such a terrible and random way to go. Actor Cliff Simon is known to many as villain Ba’al on the hit show Stargate SG-1. His life was taken this month in a tragic accident.
The 58 year old was kiteboarding off Topanga Beach in California back on March 9th when it happened.
His wife, Collete, posted a message regarding the tragic incident on Facebook.
“It is with unimaginable heartbreak that I am sharing with you, that my beloved husband, Cliff Simon, passed away…” Colette wrote. “He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you loved to hate, Ba’al, from Stargate SG-1. But as he said, ‘acting is what I do, it’s only a part of who I am.'”
She continued, “And he was SO much more – a true original, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, author. There is a gaping hole where he once stood on this earth. He was loved by too many to mention and had a great impact on so many lives. He was an amazing and much loved brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.”
There are no details as to how the accident happened, or even what happened.
Cliff was from South Africa. He migrated to England and in 1984 qualified for the British Olympic team as a swimmer.
His wife added “a small saving grace to this tragedy is that he was doing one of the things he loved most and passed away on the beach near the water, which was his temple. I know this is a shock and will hit hard but we hope you can respect our need for privacy at this time.”