Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T mourn 45-year-old 'SVU' crew member dead from coronavirus complications

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Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson and Ice T as Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola in season 21 of <em>SVU</em>. (Photo: Getty Images)
Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson and Ice T as Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola in season 21 of SVU. (Photo: Getty Images)

Josh Wallwork, a crew member on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has died from coronavirus-related complications. He worked in the costume and wardrobe department. Wallwork was 45.

The news was shared Thursday by Wallwork's friend and then by SVU showrunner, Warren Leight. Wallwork had worked on the long-running crime drama since 2018. Leight tweeted, "We are heartbroken."

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Star Mariska Hargitay was quick to react on social media, writing, "I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He brought love and kindness everywhere he went."

Ice-T, who worked daily with Wallwork, added, "Pay attention people."

Norberto Barba, who has directed recent episodes of SVU, called Wallwork a "warm spirit."

Prior to joining SVU, Wallwork worked in the costume department on television shows Bull, Madam Secretary and The Get Down.

SVU, which films in New York City, is one of the many productions that was ordered to shut down by NBCUniversal amid the coronavirus pandemic. The show is currently in its 21st season.

New York has become the epicenter of America’s coronavirus outbreak. Deaths in the state jumped to 385 on Thursday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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