Cliff Simon, an actor famous for his work on “Stargate SG-1,” has passed away at age 58.
Thursday on Facebook, Cliff’s wife Colette announced that her husband died in a kiteboarding accident March 9 in Topanga, California.
“It is with unimaginable heartbreak that I am sharing with you, that my beloved husband, Cliff Simon, passed away at 12:30pm on Tuesday March 9, 2021. He was at Topanga Beach, California and sadly passed away after a tragic kiteboarding accident,” Colette wrote.
Though he was known for playing villain Ba'al on the science fiction show, Colette remembers her love as “SO much more.”
“A true original, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, author,” she said. “There is a gaping hole where he once stood on this earth.
“He was loved by too many to mention and had a great impact on so many lives. He was an amazing and much loved brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. He was and always will be the love of my life and there is unimaginable heartbreak.”
Despite her loss, Colette takes comfort in the fact that Cliff passed away “doing one of the things he loved most.”
“A small saving grace to this tragedy is that he was doing one of the things he loved most and passed away on the beach near the water, which was his temple. I know this is a shock and will hit hard but we hope you can respect our need for privacy at this time.”
Born in South Africa, Cliff immigrated to England at a young age with his family.
Before pursuing acting, Cliff trained as a swimmer, and qualified for the British International Olympic team in 1984. However, he never competed in the Games and moved back to South Africa, where he joined the South African Air Force.
Following his time in the service, he worked as a windsurfing instructor and model before he became an actor.
Our condolences go out to Cliff’s family and loved ones for their loss.