The Office actor, Mark York has passed away aged just fifty-five.
Tributes have been pouring in from fans and celebrities alike...
R.I.P Mark York.— Joel Kungu (@JoelKungu8) May 25, 2021
You will be missed.
He was such a fun character on The Office. I give the family my condolences 💐 ❤️
That's very sad to hear, he was a great man. I'm rewatching "The Injury" in his honour, rest in peace.— momo (@__0_AJ) May 25, 2021
Oh my god, I'm watching the episode he was featured in right now. May he rest in peace.— Dias (@Dias_SatriaD) May 25, 2021
Oh wow, that's sad! His character 'Billy Merchant' was so good, he was one of the only characters who had no room for Michael Scott's nonsense in the show. Great actor, will be missed.— Michael Weir (@michaelbweir) May 25, 2021
Rest In Peace Mark A. York, he portrayed Billy in The Office, one of my favorite characters.— ⚡️ (@carolinaxzapata) May 23, 2021
R. I. P. Mark York— Sheilagh G. Lee~ She/Her (@SweetSheil) May 25, 2021
Very sad news 🙁— Patrick McKeon *Chairman: Dept of Redundancy Dept (@KlashNYC) May 25, 2021
Aw, noo :( 55 is far too young. So many young deaths in this past year... I hope he and his family find peace.— valkyrie (@crystarius) May 25, 2021
Thats so sad! 55 is much too young.— Glip Glop (@Psolomon2016) May 25, 2021
May Mark York Rest In Peace..🙏🏻— Feisty (@candy76_lor) May 25, 2021
R.I.P Mark 💔😢— Nightwish ♥️♥️♥️ (@DarkKnightArya) May 25, 2021
He was fifty-five-years-old.
York was best known for his appearance as Billy Merchant in The Office.
York, who was paraplegic, made his first appearance on the show during its second season.
He also had other small TV roles in shows such as CSI: New York and Fighting Words.
In more recent times, York had been working as an inventor.
Billy Merchant brought The Office "Pretzel Day" and gave me one of my favorite lines from the show... pic.twitter.com/OEARbSPf2t— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) May 25, 2021
And he had even secured 2 patents for his inventions.
York died last week at Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio, following an illness.
His death is said to have come quickly after the illness surfaced.
Following his death, an obituary was posted online by the Kreitzer Funeral Home.
The obituary described York as having an "outgoing, uplifting, positive attitude and personality."
"Age 55, formerly of Arcanum, passed away in the early morning of May 19th at Miami Valley Hospital following a brief and unexpected illness," it reads.
"Even though he has been paraplegic since, 1988, he had such an outgoing, uplifting, positive attitude and personality."
"He always tried to look at what he could accomplish and do, not what he couldn't do. He had experienced many travel opportunities and many dreams for the future."
"In the past several years, he had been working as an inventor, and had obtained two patents for his inventions."
York is survived by his brother, mother and father.
The exact cause of death has not been disclosed.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
REST IN PEACE MARK A. YORK! He was an amazing actor who brought light to his life as a handicapped man! He never let that get in the way and he lived his life to the fullest! 💜💜💜 REST EASY BUDDY! We all knew and loved him as Billy Merchant on @theofficetv! pic.twitter.com/qSQMugmzqK— ALMOST STEVIE’S BDAY!!!💜🌙✨🔮 (@LUVStevieNicks1) May 25, 2021
Rest in peace, Mark York.