Jonathan Crombie Dead: Anne of Green Gables Star Dies at 48 of Brain Hemorrhage
Jonathan Crombie, who starred as Gilbert Blythe in the Anne of Green Gables movies, has died of a brain hemorrhage. He was 48. Crombie’s sister confirmed the news on Saturday, saying he sustained the hemorrhage and passed away in New York on Wednesday.
Crombie starred in The Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway, and appeared on TV shows including “Slings & Arrows” and “Power Play.” But he is best remembered for his portrayal of Blythe in the beloved 1985 adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, as well as its 1987 and 2000 sequels.
“I think he was really proud of being Gilbert Blythe and was happy to answer any questions…he really enjoyed that series and was happy, very proud of it — we all were,” his sister tells the CBC.
Producer Kevin Sullivan tells the outlet, “I think for legions of young women around the world who fell in love with the Anne of Green Gables films, Jonathan literally represented the quintessential boy next door… I think there will be hundreds of people who will be floored that this has happened. It’s such a devastating tragedy. In reality, Jonathan was as generous, as kind, as sensitive and as ambitious, in some ways, as the character he came to be identified with.”