According to reports, “The Office” actor Mark York passed away last week due to complications with an illness.
“The 55-year-old died at the Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio on May 19 following a “brief and unexpected illness,” E! News reported. York is survived by his mother Becky, father Glenn, and brothers Brian, Jeff, and David, as per People.
York’s “The Office” co-stars, family, and fans are mourning his passing.
York previously appeared in the early seasons of “The Office” playing the character of Billy Merchant, who owned the Scranton Business Park building where Dunder Mifflin’s offices were located. His last appearance was in the season five episode “Dream Team” where Michael (Steve Carell) rented a storage closet to serve as his office for the Michael Scott Paper Company.
Many of York’s co-stars went to Twitter to send their last messages for him.
Actor Rainn Wilson tweeted, “R.I.P. Mark York, AKA BILLY MERCHANT from The Office: He was a terrific human, a positive force and a dynamic actor. You will be missed.”
R.I.P. Mark York, AKA BILLY MERCHANT from The Office: https://t.co/qAOGv6Gmqh He was a terrific human, a positive force and a dynamic actor. You will be missed.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) May 25, 2021
“RIP Billy merchant. I’ll always remember how it took him three times as long to brush his teeth than the rest of us. And his love for chili’s,” one commented.
“So sad! RIP! I’m watching Dream Team right now! when he takes Michael Pam and Ryan to the closet for their new office at the Michael Scott Paper Company. RIP,” a second user wrote.
Jenna Fischer, who starred as Pam Beesly, added: ‘Mark was a lovely man and a pleasure to work with. Very funny every time. Much love to his family.’
Meanwhile, Angela Kinsey, who played Angela Martin, went on to say: ‘Very sad to hear about Mark’s passing. ‘He was so talented and kind and will be missed. My thoughts are with his family. May he rest in peace.’
York was raised in Ohio and left for California to pursue acting and eventually landed small TV roles on “CSI: New York” in 2004 and “Fighting Words” in 2007. Aside from acting, York loved to invent. He had been working as an inventor and had recently secured two patents for his inventions, TMZ reported.
York was also an avid sports fan, according to his family. His favorite teams were Cincinnati Reds, Ohio State football and Kentucky Wildcats basketball.
“He was a competitive spirit that kept them laughing throughout their time together,” his obituary read. “He will be deeply missed by all the lives he has touched.”