ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
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A renowned martial arts expert who has appeared in movies such as Mortal Kombat and 300, along with the hit TV show Arrow, has died of a suspected drug overdose.

Although Darren Shahlavi's death was only announced today, he reportedly died on the 14th of January at his Los Angeles home.

TMZ reports that 42-year-old Shahlavi died of a suspected prescription drug overdose, although other news sources are still stating that the cause of death is currently unknown.

Darren Shahlavi in IP Man 2
Darren Shahlavi in IP Man 2

Darren Shahlavi enjoyed a high-profile marial arts career which led to him performing stunts in Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Watchmen, 300 and Sanctuary, but he is probably best known for his guest role in Arrow. He had also just finished filming Alone In The Dark with action star Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The star of the Arrow series, Stephen Amell, was clearly deeply affected by the death as he took to Twitter to leave a touching tribute to Shahlavi. He wrote:

Other celebrities such as WWE star and Real World alum, 'Mike the Miz' played tribute to Shahlavi's professionalism in the following tweet:

(Source: Comicbook.com via TMZ)

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