Kevin Clark, known for starring as the drummer Freddy “Spazzy McGee” Jones on “School of Rock,” was killed early Wednesday after he was struck by a car while biking in Chicago.
The 32-year-old was hit by a Hyundai Sonata in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Chicago, the Chicago Police Department told Fox News in a statement.He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center via paramedics and was pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m.
The driver of the vehicle was a 20-year-old woman. She was reportedly not arrested but issued non-specified citations.
Clark’s mom, Allison, told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday: “He’s just a raw talent. He’s got a heart of gold.”
According to the outlet, Clark was a member of several bands, including Jess Bess and the Intentions, which had its first live show over the weekend, Allison said.
“They were unbelievably fantastic and they would’ve gone somewhere,” she added.
In 2003’s “School of Rock,” Clark played an outspoken drummer opposite Jack Black, who starred as a substitute teacher that converts his class into a rock band.
Clark had no prior acting experience, but “just kind of shined” when given the opportunity, Allison recalled.
“He took it on right away, but he never really acted afterward.”
The loving mother remembered how her son realized he’d scored the part while they were out picking up pizza and Allison left her son in the car for a moment.
“Do you want to go to New York?” he asked upon her return.
“He said he got the part and I asked him how he knew,” Allison remembered. “And he pointed to the area code on the phone.”
Though “School of Rock” was his only role, he continued to play music long after his time working on the movie.
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Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report