SCHOOL of Rock star Kevin Clark died Wednesday after being hit by a car while he was cycling, with actor Jack Black calling his death a tragedy.
“Devastating news. Kevin is gone. Way too soon,” Black wrote of Clark. “Beautiful soul. So many great memories. Heartbroken. Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community.”
Accompanying Black’s Instagram post included a photo of the two of them from the movie as well as a more recent photo of the two jamming out.
Police say he was struck by a Hyundai Sonata as he biked through the Northwest Side of Chicago in the early hours of the morning.
Emergency services found him at Logan Boulevard and took him to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
He was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead at 2.04am CT.
A 20-year-old woman driving the car that struck the Chicago musician was not charged but issued with a citation.
Clark’s sister told TMZ that he was riding his bike home at the time of the accident.
He worked as a professional drummer and was in a band named Dreadwolf and several others.
His mother said that his latest project, Jessie Bess and the Intentions, only had its first show last Saturday.
“He’s just a raw talent. He’s got a heart of gold,” Allison Clark told the Sun-Times.
She said that he started playing drums aged three by hitting pots and pans.
He broke into the movie business aged 12 with School of Rock.
His mother said he had no acting experience but loved it after being brought to the audition by a friend.
Clark “was so skilled in his performances that each one demanded a standing ovation from the audience, and he’s been using his talents ever since,” reads his IMDb page.
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“He just kind of shined,” Allison said of her son. “He took it on right away, but he never really acted afterward.”
The cast of School Of Rock have previously reunited and Jack Black when he went to see Clark’s band in 2018.
School Of Rock was Clark’s only movie credit.