‘Keep me alive’: Prolific actress Kathryn Kates dead at 73 after cancer battle

Actress Kathryn Kates, whose career included various roles on the big and small screens, has died at the age of 73.

According to her representative at the Headline Talent Agency, Kates died following “a hard-fought battle with lung cancer.”

“With the greatest of passion”

As Erica Bines explained in her statement, the prolific actress “was surrounded by her incredible family when she peacefully passed.”

Fans will remember her for notable television appearances spanning several decades, including roles in SeinfeldOrange is the New BlackLaw & Order: SVUShades of Blue, MatlockLizzie McGuireJudging Amy, Caroline in the City, and many more.

“She wasn’t just a dear client of ours but also our friend,” Bines added. “Losing her is heartbreaking, but there’s no doubt that her immense talent will live on for generations to come.”

In recent years, Kates starred in The Many Saints of Newark, which is a prequel to The Sopranos. She also landed a role in the film Maybe There’s a Tree.

Her agent, Ben Jordan, described her as “incredibly brave, thoughtful, wise, and loving,” asserting that she “approached every role she ever played, as well as her daily life, with the greatest of passion.”

“Do not stand at my grave and cry”

Her final public address came after her death in the form of a post on her Instagram page that included a video in which she read the sonnet Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep. As the poem states: “Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.”

Kates ended the video with the touching conclusion to the somber sonnet: “Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die.”

The Instagram post also included a caption in which Kates shared a request for her friends, family, and fans.

“Keep me alive in your beautiful hearts with unforgettable memories,” she wrote. “Teach others what you’ve learned from me and I will live in forever.”

According to Bines, a memorial service is being planned and is likely to take place in the spring.

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