‘School of Rock’: Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove, and More Stars Respond to Kevin Clark’s Tragic Death
School of Rock lost one of its cast members with the news that Kevin Clark, who played drummer Freddy Jones, died. Other actors in the movie like Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove, and more responded to the news of his death by sharing memories and well-wishes to Clark’s family. The film, which came out in 2003, is about a rock fan (Black as Dewey Finn) who turns to substitute teaching when he’s in need of a job. Dewey trains his pre-teen students to compete in a rock band competition and they all bond over their love of music. Here’s how Clark’s former castmates reacted to his death on social media.
‘School of Rock’ star Kevin Clark tragically died at age 32
School of Rock star Clark died in a cycling accident in Chicago, per TMZ.
The outlet reported: “The professional drummer — best known as Freddy Jones, aka Spazzy McGee — was riding his bicycle on the Northwest side of Chicago early Wednesday morning when he was struck by a Hyundai Sonata… according to police.”
The Cook County Medical Examiner told TMZ that he was “rushed to a hospital, but pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m. CT.”
Clark was only 32 years old at the time of his death.
Jack Black and Miranda Cosgrove reacted to news of his death
Black shared an Instagram picture on his account showing himself and Clark in School of Rock, as well as a more recent photo of the two of them.
“Devastating news,” he wrote. “Kevin is gone. Way too soon. Beautiful soul. So many great memories. Heartbroken. Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community.”
Cosgrove also posted a picture on Instagram of her with Clark and other School of Rock castmates.
“Stunned and saddened by this news today,” Cosgrove expressed. “The world lost an amazing soul. I’ll always remember your spirit and how king you were to me. I’ll never forget all the memories. You’ll always be missed Kevin.”
Rivkah Reyes, another ‘School of Rock’ star, also responded
Another School of Rock star commented on Clark’s death. Rivkah Reyes, who was also in the movie and uses they/them pronouns, took to Twitter to share some memories with Clark.
“Love you forever, spaz,” they stated. “I will never forget your hugs and your laugh and the sheer joy on your face when we’d run into each other in Chicago. Thank you for always showing up for me with that ‘big brother I never had’ energy.”
They also shared clips from an Instagram Live in which Clark had joined.
“A few months ago Kevin randomly joined me on IG live and it was chaotic and goofy and wholesome,” they said. “I miss him so much. Tell your friends you love them today, please.”
Reyes recounted other aspects of Clark’s personality besides him being a drummer. “He was also a huge Star Wars fan and a fellow Jewish person and I loved making him laugh,” they concluded.