People Magazine have published a statement from Johnny Depp commenting on the death of Jonathan Frid. As we reported earlier today, Jonathan passed away peacefully last week. Depp has spoken before of his childhood fascination for Jonathan's portrayal of Barnabas, and the pair met last summer on the set of the new Dark Shadows movie, in which Jonathan has makes a cameo appearance:
"Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch Dark Shadows," says Depp. "His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more. When I had the honour to finally meet him, as he so generously passed the torch of Barnabas to me, he was as elegant and magical as i had always imagined. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. The world has lost a true original."
Elsewhere, original Dark Shadows co-stars Lara Parker (Angelique), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) and David Selby (Quentin Collins) have each published tributes of their own online. "He was a warmhearted and compassionate man with a lovely sense of humour," commented Lara on her website earlier today. "A staggeringly charismatic actor... personally responsible for the lasting success of the Dark Shadows TV show in so many ways."
Kathryn echoed these thoughts in on her own blog: "I am so grateful to have worked with Jonathan, and to have known him as the charismatic, entertaining, complex and plain spoken man that he was," she comments in a blog post. "What fun we had working together! He was irascible, irreverent, funny, caring, loveable and thoroughly professional... the whole reason why kids ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows.”