"Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay is in a state of mourning following the death of a crew member of the popular series due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus infection rates continue to soar all over the world, although many infected people have recovered from the deadly virus, so many others have also died.
The pandemic took yet another life — Josh Wallwork, a member of the "Law & Order: SVU" crew, who worked as a costumer for the show. Josh's death brought sorrow to the cast and crew of the drama series.
Mariska Hargitay attends the "Law & Order: SVU" Television Milestone Celebration at The Paley Center for Media on September 25, 2019 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
Reacting to the death, playwright and SVU showrunner Warren Leight shared a screenshot of the deceased's death announcement from a family friend, along with a tribute, describing him as a beautiful man and sending love to his family and friends.
Also reacting to Warren's tweet, Mariska Hargitay, who portrays the character of Captain Olivia Benson on the series, paid tribute to Josh Wallwork, writing:
"Heartbroken we are. I don't think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He brought love and kindness everywhere he went."
Josh Wallwork has been a crew member of "Law & Order: SVU" since 2019. He died at the age of 45, a sad occurrence, which again showed the level of tragedy wreaked by the coronavirus outbreak.
To date, over 80,000 Americans have been affected by the virus, making "God's Own Country," the nation with the highest number of infected people, although Italy has the highest mortality rate.
Other celebrities to have announced their positive test for COVID-19 include Idris Elba, Kristofer Hivju, and Prince Charles
One fan said that the death of the costumer was heartbreaking, asking Warren to accept her condolences, and also sending love and hugs. A co-worker of the deceased wrote:
"He was the most kindest gentleman I ever got to know on SVU, we were extremely lucky to have him as our wardrobe personnel."
Meanwhile, some American celebrities have also contracted the virus, and have come public to reveal their positive test. The first celebrities to do so were couple Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson.
The couple were in Australia when they contracted the disease, but have since been discharged from the hospital where they were quarantined, and are now self-isolating in a rented apartment.
Other celebrities to have announced their positive test for COVID-19 include Idris Elba, "Game of Thrones" star, Kristofer Hivju, and most prominently, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.