It has been reported that Ted White, who was 96 years old and best known for playing Jason Vorhees in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, has passed away.

The veteran actor and stuntman was said to have died while he was sleeping peacefully.

The news of his passing was shared on Facebook by Sean Clark, the producer, and host of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds. In the post, Clark referred to the late actor as his “adopted grandpa” and his “dear friend.” The two had collaborated for a period of time throughout their careers.

Clark shared the following in the moving post: “As I’m here setting up at Monsterpalooza I just got hit with the news that my dear friend Ted White has passed away. I was told he passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home.

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him and working with him for close to 20 years. He was my adopted grandpa and hands down the best storyteller you could have ever met. If you haven’t read it yet check out his book Cast a Giant Shadow where many of those stories are told.

“I was honored to be mentioned in the book when he wrote about his time in the convention world. I am going to miss you immensely and those steak dinners we always had.

“Also teasing you about your red, white and blue banner that made you look like you were running for President. It was an absolute honor my friend. Rest easy. Love you Ted.”

He signed off the message with an emoticon depicting a broken heart.

Since then, admirers, colleagues, and acquaintances have taken to social media to express their sorrow over the passing of the talented actor. Larry Zerner, who appeared in Friday the 13th Part 3, tweeted “I had the pleasure of being seated next to Ted White at Monster Mania Con and he was just a terrific presence, a great guy, and a fantastic Jason. RIP.”

A fan wrote: “Rest in peace, Ted White. We lost a real one in the horror/slasher genre today. For those who aren’t away, he played Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Fly high.”

Makeup artist Tom Savini said: “I’m 75 and I still want to be Ted White when I grow up. Tough as nails with a heart of gold. Pure class. He will be missed. Us on set of Friday the 13th part 4.”

During this difficult time, we are keeping White’s family in our thoughts and prayers.