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Machel pays tribute to late actor Chris Smith

MONK AND HIS BUD: Soca star Machel Montano (left) and late actor Chris Smith in a scene from the 2016 film Bazodee.
MONK AND HIS BUD: Soca star Machel Montano (left) and late actor Chris Smith in a scene from the 2016 film Bazodee.

SOCA star Machel Montano has paid tribute to late actor and his Bazodee co-star Chris Smith.

Montano posted in an Instagram message: "Travel well and rest well my dear friend and 'manager' in the movie. You brought joy to so many and you gave me the encouragement I needed at just the time I needed it! May your family and friends be comforted in this moment and know that you are with us always."

Smith, 44, died on Saturday morning from leukaemia and has received glowing tributes from members of the theatre fraternity and local film industry.

The actor and graphic designer played manager Bud to Montano's struggling musician Lee de Leon in the 2016 romantic drama Bazodee. In January 2017 Montano performed an original love song at Smith's wedding to fellow actor Paula Hamilton.

US actor Kirk Baltz, who co-starred with Smith in 2017 thriller The Cutlass, posted on Facebook, "So sad to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with Chris' family and friends. Such a huge heart and great spirit. You'll be missed by so many my friend."

The National Drama Association (NDATT) in a release said it was deeply saddened by his passing and extended condolences to his wife, Paula Hamilton-Smith, father John Smith and the rest of his family.

"The theatre, music, arts and film communities were plunged into deep mourning upon hearing the news, with many initially expressing disbelief. Many credited him with introducing them to theatre, encouraging them in their work and teaching and mentoring those he encountered. He is remembered as an amazing human being, someone who was caring, generous, professional, punctual and a pleasure to work with."

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