Veteran Actress Kathryn Kates, 73, Dies from Lung Cancer

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On Saturday, seasoned actress Kathryn Kates died from lung cancer at 73. Kates appeared in many hit television shows such as “Seinfeld,” “The Many Saints of Newark,” and “Orange is the New Black.”

Fox News received confirmation of her death via a representative for Kates. Representative Erica Bines of Headline Talent Agency said Kates passed away “after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer.”

“She was surrounded by her incredible family when she peacefully passed. She wasn’t just a dear client of ours but also our friend. Losing her is heartbreaking, but there’s no doubt that her immense talent will live on for generations to come,” Bines said in a statement.

Bines added a springtime memorial is being planned for Kates. 

The actress was mourned by her manager, Bob McGowan. He said his heart was broken, and Kates was “the best.”

Kates is best remembered for her small-screen roles, such as her appearances on “Seinfeld.” She also appeared in episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” and had recurring roles in “Orange is the New Black.”

Kates has remained busy over the years. According to her IMDB page, Kates recently finished a project called “Maybe There’s a Tree.” A prequel movie of the “Sopranos” titled “The Many Saints of Newark,” released in 2021, featured Kates as Angie DeCarlo. 

Since her death, a video of Kates reciting a sonnet has been added to her Instagram account with the caption, “Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain,” the caption begins.”

“Keep me alive in your beautiful hearts with unforgettable memories. Teach others what you've learned from me, and I will live in forever,” the caption concludes. 


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