Actor Anthony Delon first annouced the news in an Instagram post on Monday, writing “R.I.P. my friend Michael. You were ‘five seconds away from a clean getaway.’”
At this time, this cryptic message is the only explanation of what the cause of death might have been.
Best known for his supporting roles, Massee was in some of the most iconic films. “Se7en” and “The Crow”. In the former he played a store clerk at a kink massage parlor, where the Lust murder takes place. When asked by Detective Mills (Pitt), “Do you like what you do for a living? All these things you see?” Massee’s character answers, “No, I don’t... But that’s life, isn’t it?” An accurate description of the bleak and violent world these people inhabit.
But it was in the comic book adaptation of The Crow where Massee unfortunately achieved a kind of infamy. While filming a scene where he is to shoot Eric Draven aka The Crow (Brandon Lee), Massee fired the improperly prepared prop gun that killed Lee. The son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, Brandon died in surgery on March 31, 1993. He was 28.
Massee, who reportedly never watched “The Crow,” returned to New York following the traumatic accident and took time off from acting. “I don’t think you ever get over something like that,” he said in a 2005 interview.
Given his roles in some of these movies, I’m not sure why i09 has not mentioned his passing.
In any case, the actor, has almost 80 film and television and credits include “Lost Highway” (1997), “Catwoman” (2004), “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012), and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014), in which he portrayed Gustav Fiers — aka The Gentleman.
Michael Massee was 61.