Power’s Michael Rainey Jr and co-stars honour late crew member: ‘Thanks for your guidance’

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The world of Starz’ hit series Power suffered a saddening loss of a pivotal crew member with the death of season six director David Rodriguez. Michael Rainey Jr. and his co-stars have recently posted on Instagram with heartfelt tributes to their former colleague. 

Tariq St. Patrick star Michael Rainey Jr. has posted a story on Instagram paying respect to series director David Rodriguez, who died at the age of 50. 

A CAA representative confirmed Rodriguez passed away on October 29 following complications resulting from a stroke.

The television director and producer was best known for working on TNT’s Animal Kingdom and The Chi on Showtime before taking on the premiere of Power’s final instalment.

Courtney Kemp’s hit crime series continues with new spin-off Power: Book II – Ghost, but Rodriguez kicked off the beginning of one of the series’ most riveting chapters last year.

As well as working on TV favourites such as Power, Chicago P.D. and Queen of the South, the director most recently headed two episodes of brand new mystery series, Hightown. 

Following his passing, the Instagram accounts of some major Power stars poured out heartfelt tributes to their former crew member. 

Tariq star Michael Rainey Jr. posted a personal snap of Rodriguez on his story, captioned: “Rest in peace & god bless your family.”

While Joseph Sikora (Tommy Egan) echoed his co-star’s sentiments and added a candid snap of himself and Rodriguez to his Instagram feed.

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I am absolutely devistated to learn of the passing of @directordavidrodriguez y’all may not know him, but he directed the 1st episode of Power Season 6, and was the first time I met him. I remember how much fun we had on set, and how open and willing he was to us being ourselves and loose on set. I would DM him to ask advice or see what’s up and he was always dope to chat with. My condolences to his family and all his friends. ������

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“The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart.” Go quickly to the Lord my friend. Thank you for your guidance and kindness. There is a light out in the Bronx and certainly in the world. God bless you David.

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He wrote: “Go quickly to the Lord my friend. Thank you for your guidance and kindness. 

“There is a light out in the Bronx and certainly in the world. God bless you David.”

Supporting star Avery Mason also penned a touching message to his followers following the death of David Rodriguez.

Known for portraying Tommy’s henchman Black Grimace in later seasons of Power, Mason recalled a happy memory meeting Rodriguez for the first time on the set of season six, episode one.

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He wrote: “I am absolutely devastated to learn of the passing of [David Rodriguez]. Y’all may not know him, but he directed the 1st episode of Power Season 6, and was the first time I met him. 

“I remember how much fun we had on set, and how open and willing he was to us being ourselves and loose on set. 

“I would DM him to ask advice or see what’s up and he was always dope to chat with. My condolences to his family and all his friends.”

The stars’ posts were all accompanied with warm messages from Power’s fans sending their condolences for the team’s loss.

Michael Rainey Jr. will continue to reprise his role as Tariq St. Patrick following the murder of his father, Ghost (Omari Hardwick) at the end of Power’s sixth season.

Due to extensive delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, production was shut down midway through filming the new spin-off.

However, all episodes of Book II’s first season are now complete, and Starz has promised Tariq will be back on screens by December this year.

Power: Book II – Ghost will return in December 2020 on Starz and Starzplay. 

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