(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 12, 2015 shows Reg E. Cathey, winner of the award for guest actor in a drama for "House of Cards," posing in the press room during the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. 'House of Cards' Star Reg E. Cathey passed away at 59 at his home in New York, after battling lung cancer. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Jason Kempin

American comedian Reg E. Cathey, best known for his role as manager of a barbecue restaurant (Freddy Hayes) in “House of Cards”, died at the age of 59. The news was announced by David Simon, director of the series “The Wire”, in which he also played a role.

“Not just a good and talented actor, but just one of the most delightful people I’ve spent long days on the set,” tweeted the director. Actor Samuel L. Jackson highlighted “a brilliant actor, comedian and a friend, irreplaceable!”

The American suffered from lung cancer but the cause of his death was not specified.

In 2015, Reg E. Cathey won an Emmy award for his role in “House of Cards”. The main character Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, would regularly eat at his confidant’s house at “Freddy’s”.

In “The Wire” he played Norman Wilson, a political journalist. In addition to other series in which he appeared, he also played in the films “The Four Fantastic” and “Hands of Stone”.