"Free Willy" star August Schellenberg died at the age of 77 on Thursday, August 15 in Texas after succumbing to cancer at the age of 77 according to Friday, August 16 reports from TMZ.
Schellenberg is best known for his role in "Free Willy" as Jesse's Native American mentor.
August's family members revealed to the celebrity news site that Schellenberg died peacefully surrounded by his family and friends.
Schellenberg enjoyed a long and successful career in Hollywood, often hired to play Native American characters.
His efforts earned him an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Chief Sitting Bull in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."
August Schellenberg appeared in all 3 "Free Willy" movies. He also appeared alongside Christian Bale and Colin Farrell in the 2005 flick, "The New World."
It has been a sad week for celebrity deaths which began with "Bachelor" contest Gia Allemand who died after an apparent suicide.
TV fans were also shocked on Thursday August, 15 to hear of the sudden passing of "That 70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly, who was reported top have died in her sleep at the age of 43 in rehab.
Rest in peace August Scelleberg, Gia Allemand and Lisa Robin Kelly you will be missed.
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