‘Let’s Stay Together’ actor Bert Belasco dead at 38

Staff found Belasco unresponsive in his Virginia hotel room. Initial reports say it's believed he suffered a fatal aneurysm.

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Actor Bert Belasco, who found fame and acclaim via the BET romantic comedy series Let’s Stay Together, created by Jacque Edmonds Cofer, has died at age 38.

The actor was staying in Richmond, Virginia preparing for a new film project when his father and girlfriend were unable to reach him. 

Bert Belasco, best known for his work on the BET show, “Let’s Stay Together,” was found unresponsive in his Virginia hotel room. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for BET)

Hotel staff found him unresponsive in his room. 

According to reports, it is believed that Belasco suffered a fatal aneurysm. An autopsy will be performed. 

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Let’s Stay Together ran from 2011 to 2014, but the actor had been working on other projects. 

Belasco began his acting career after being featured in a Snickers commercial featuring Golden Girls star Betty White and Barney Miller‘s Abe Vigoda that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl. 

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The actor maintained a very low profile on social media. On Instagram, he only posted eight photos, the most recent being from June 2019, when he posted about what artists “go through” in their creative careers. 

Let’s Stay Together ran for four seasons on BET, starting in 2011. Belasco starred as Charles, the contractor and fiancé of main character Stacy Lawrence, played by Nadine Ellis. The gig was just one of many in Belasco’s career, which also included roles in TV shows such as The Mick, I’m Dying Up Here, Pitch, Key and Peele, Justified and others.

Condolences for the late actor are pouring in across social media channels.

“Heartbroken at the passing of Bert Belasco – a talented, kind young man who I had the pleasuring of working with numerous times on #LetsStayTogether,” actress Jackee Harry wrote on Twitter, also posting a picture of the two. “Squeeze your loved ones tight! Tomorrow is never promised.” 

“I am gutted by this news. Bert was my friend!” Yvette Nicole Brown shared. “We had JUST talked last week. He was happy and excited about his new project and all the good that was to come. No day is promised. NO DAY.”

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