IN a heartbreaking Instagram post following her death to cancer, actress Kathryn Kates tells fans to keep her alive in their hearts and that she will “live forever.”
The video, titled “Sonnet 77” featured Kates reciting a sonnet with a caption of a poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye.
“Do not stand at my grave and weep,” read the caption. “I am not there, I do not sleep.” The poem is posted in its entirety with another message, possibly by Kates.
“Keep me alive in your beautiful hearts with unforgettable memories. Teach others what you’ve learned from me and I will live in forever.”
The comments are filled with friends and fans alike expressing their condolences.
“A beautiful talented lady. Rest in peace…” wrote one user. Another called Kates’ passing “a huge loss.”
Kates’ death was confirmed by her reps at Headline Talent Agency, who said the character actress died Saturday of cancer in Florida.
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“She was always incredibly brave and wise and approached every role with the greatest of passion. She will be greatly missed.”
Kates was a native New Yorker who had a few small roles in the early 1980s before appearing on major programs such as Matlock, Thunder Alley and Seinfeld.
Throughout the ’90s and into the 21st century, Kate would be seen on Caroline in the City, Lizzie McGuire, Judging Amy, Rescue Me and others.
She is perhaps well known for her recurring roles on popular programs such as Orange Is the New Black, where she played Jason Biggs’ mother, Amy Kanter-Bloom.
In her recent roles, Kates won Best Actress at the NYCTV Festival for her performance in the short film Welcome to Sarajevo.
She also played Angie DeCarlo in The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to David Chase’s The Sopranos.
Kate was also a theater actress for many years, working as an understudy in Significant Other and appearing in many Off-Broadway shows.
She was a founding member of the Colony Theatre in Los Angeles, serving in multiple offstage roles for over 25 years.
Kates is survived by her sister, Mallory, and brother, Joshua.