Kevin Clark, a former child actor, who starred in the Jack Black blockbuster “School of Rock,” died on Wednesday after being hit by a car while he was biking.
Clark, now 32, was struck by a 20-year-old woman driving a Hyundai Sonata early Wednesday morning, who was not arrested at the scene. He was transported by paramedics to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center and pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m.
Clark appeared as a pre-teen drummer alongside Black, in their 2003 hit film, in which a man poses as a substitute teacher and turns his students into a rock band. Black took to Instagram to mourn the loss of his co-star, posting photos of himself and the young actor on the movie set, and a much more recent photo with a grown-up Clark.
“Devastating news. Kevin is gone. Way too soon. Beautiful soul,” he wrote. “So many great memories. Heartbroken. Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community.”
“School of Rock” was Clark’s only film role, but he went on performing in the music industry into adulthood. He continued to play guitar and write songs for his Chicago band, Robbie Gold, and had two other music projects in the works, Dreadwolf and Funk it Let’s Jam.
“He’s just a raw talent. He’s got a heart of gold,” said his mother Allison. Commenting that Robbie Gold was really “unbelievably fantastic and they would’ve gone somewhere.”
Ironically, Clark followed in Black’s character’s footsteps for his day job, he taught music at a School of Rock in the Chicagoland area.