'Thor' Actor Ray Stevenson Passed Away at the Age of 58 — His Cause of Death Explored

Jennifer Tisdale - Author

Oct. 30 2023, Updated 3:58 p.m. ET

Ray Stevenson at The World Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok" on Oct. 10, 2017
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The Gist:

  • Thor actor Ray Stevenson died just before his 59th birthday on May 21, 2023.
  • Aside from Thor, Ray was best known for his roles in RRR, The Other Guys, and King Arthur.
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Ray Stevenson has been in everything, but you might have trouble picturing the Irish actor who always seemed to land in period or fantasy pieces. Let's just say, the man loved a fake beard and a luxurious wig. He also sunk into every role and was so utterly convincing in everything he did, that viewers would also get lost in his performance.

Sadly, it was announced in May 2023 that Ray Stevenson passed away at age 58. Needless to say, his fans were (and still are) heartbroken. Here's what we know about the veteran actor's cause of death.

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Ray Stevenson at the One for the Boys Fashion Ball hosted by Samuel L. Jackson on June 12, 2015
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Ray in 2015

What was 'Thor' actor Ray Stevenson's cause of death?

According to Variety, Ray Stevenson's cause of death has yet to be revealed but the outlet was able to confirm it with his publicist. He passed away on May 21, 2023, in Italy. Some sources believe he may have died from a heart attack, but that has yet to be confirmed.

His career spanned decades, and in a 2016 interview with BehindTheVelvetRope.TV, Ray said his favorite role to play was Titus Pullo in the series Rome.

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Although the popular HBO historical drama only ran for two seasons, it amassed a dedicated fanbase which was due largely in part to Ray's incredible portrayal of Titus who was mentioned in the writings of Julius Caesar. For Ray, it was a life-changing role in many ways. While chatting with the BBC after Season 1, Ray was already hooked. "I can't wait to go back and do it again!" he said.

Not only was Rome a breakout role for the actor, but he also met the future mother of his children, Elisabetta Caraccia, while filming. The show led to a movie career in the U.S. for him as well. It was also a learning experience for Ray, who told the outlet he figured out how to "get out of his own way" while filming it. "It really made me sit down in my own skin and say 'You know what? Just turn up and do the job. The job's enough,'" he said.

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Ray Stevenson had quite the career in enterainment.

If you've had the pleasure of attending a raucous screening of the Indian Telugu-language bombastic drama RRR then you saw Ray playing quite the bad guy. The film's Twitter account shouted out the movie's bad guy in a sweet message. "What shocking news for all of us on the team," they said. "Rest in peace, Ray Stevenson. You will stay in our hearts forever, SIR SCOTT."

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Ray also brought Frank Castle to life in Marvel's Punisher: War Zone. And while this wasn't particularly well received by fans of the character or Marvel fans in general, it gained a bit of a cult classic status later on. A Reddit thread about the movies cites Ray's portrayal of Frank Castle who in the comics, was written as a relentless killer whose heart belonged to the innocent. For them, War Zone was a far more faithful adaptation of the source material, with Ray really embodying the character well.

Ray, who can be seen in the Star Wars series Ahsoka, is survived by Elisabetta and their three sons. He also leaves behind a legacy of films and television shows that will serve as a reminder that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life.

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