By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Amory native and “Touched by an Angel” actor John Dye has died.
According to reports, he was found dead at his California residence Monday. He was 47 years old and the son of James and Lynn Dye of Amory.
After his family moved to Tupelo, Dye got involved with theater at Tupelo High School, performing in “South Pacific,” “Sound of Music” and others.
“He was a very talented young man, somebody who you knew was going to be successful,” said Debby Gibbs, retired THS drama instructor. “He had that fire in his heart that you’ve got to have.”
He broke his leg before a performance of “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the University of Memphis.
“He had a cast on his leg. They gave him a cane,” Gibbs said. “He was determined to perform.”
Dye appeared in a variety of movies, including “Making the Grade,” “Modern Girls” and “Campus Man.”
He rose to fame by portraying Andrew “The Angel of Death” on “Touched by an Angel.” The popular show ran for nine seasons.
With Kathy Ireland and Mary Donnelly Haskell, Dye starred in “Once Upon a Christmas” and “Twice Upon a Christmas” for the Hallmark Channel.
On Monday, Ireland sent this on Twitter: “My friend, John Dye, of Touched by an Angel passed. I loved John. His smile, kindness, gentle heart & talent. Heartbreaking. Goodbye Angel.”
Dye returned to Tupelo and Amory on numerous occasions. He participated in the Stars Over Mississippi concerts in Amory, which raised millions of dollars for students in the state.
“He was funny, charming, and from Amory, so what’s not to love?” said Sam Haskell III, founder of Stars Over Mississippi and a native of Amory.
Funeral arrangements are pending. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory is handling the arrangements.
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