NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Jonathan Frid, who played vampire Barnabas Collins on the cult classic TV show "Dark Shadows," has died. He was 87.
Frid died just weeks before the release of a feature film adaptation of the show starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. His "Dark Shadows" co-star, Kathryn Leigh Scott, told TheWrap he died Friday - Friday the 13th, she wryly noted - and said his family had not wanted to release the news earlier.
She said he died in a hospital following a fall at his home near Toronto.
Frid and Scott, along with their castmates, traveled to England in July to shoot cameos for the film, which will be released May 11. During the filming, Frid met Depp, who is taking on the role of Barnabas.
"I think the most poignant moment was standing with Jonathan when we met Johnny Depp and Tim Burton," she said. "He gazed at Johnny Depp's makeup and said, 'I see you've given the hair a few more spikes.' And Johnny said, 'Yes, we're doing a few things differently."