"One Tree Hill" actress Bevin Prince is in mourning after her husband of six years died over the weekend from a lightning strike.
NBC affiliate WECT reported that William Friend, who married Bevin in 2016, was near Masonboro Island in North Carolina when a storm rolled in. During the storm, William was struck by lightning.
Following the strike, deputies were quickly flagged down and began performing CPR on William. After being moved to an ambulance, EMS personnel performed life-saving efforts for another 20 minutes, which proved to be futile.
William was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The former actress and her husband owned a fitness company in North Carolina. William, who was a week away from his 34th birthday, was also CEO of Bisnow, a digital media company.
Following news of the death, Bisnow said in a statement, "Friends and former colleagues marveled at Friend's ability and willingness to take on new challenges — whether or not he was ready. He demonstrated that tenacity at an early age."
A colleague added, "What made Will special was his innate ability to inspire and motivate people — to raise people higher than they thought possible. That is the culture he fostered at Bisnow and, ultimately, that will be his lasting legacy."
Bevin regularly appeared on "One Tree Hill" from 2003 to 2012.