NCIS actor David McCallum died at the age of 90, and he is remembered fondly by fans and coworkers.
On the morning of September 25, he died at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
David died of natural causes, surrounded by his family in his final moments.
Less than a week before his death, the veteran actor celebrated his birthday.
NCIS was a spin-off of the television show JAG that debuted on September 23, 2003, two decades ago.
This year was the 20th season of the CBS show.
It was originally stated that a 20th anniversary NCIS marathon would be held, and it would now feature a “In memoriam” card in memory of David.
He was the show’s final original cast member, playing Chief Medical Examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard.
NCIS executive producers Steven D. Binder and David North released a statement about their longtime star.
They said: “For over twenty years, David McCallum endeared himself to audiences around the world playing the wise, quirky, and sometimes enigmatic, Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard.
“But as much as his fans may have loved him, those who worked side by side with David loved him that much more.”
They continued: “He was a scholar and a gentleman, always gracious, a consummate professional, and never one to pass up a joke.
“From day one, it was an honor to work with him and he never let us down. He was, quite simply, a legend. He was also family and will be deeply missed.”
NCIS studio CBS Studios also made a joint statement saying: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of David McCallum and privileged that CBS was his home for so many years.
“David was a gifted actor and author, and beloved by many around the world.
“He led an incredible life, and his legacy will forever live on through his family and the countless hours on film and television that will never go away.”
Fans of NCIS on X, formerly known as Twitter, are deeply saddened by the loss of the fan-favorite character.
One said: “Nooooo. I’m such a big fan of that show. Rip, David.”
Another said: “David McCallum was the reason why I watched NCIS… RIP.”
A third said: “Very sad to hear this. I’m a big fan of NCIS and he was so much fun to watch. Condolences to all who knew and loved him.”
Someone said: “I’m Gutted. Another Amazing actor gone, Ducky was one of my favorite characters in NCIS! Rest in Peace David McCallum.”
A fifth said: “Oh my. R.I.P. Mr. McCallum. Of late, remembered as Ducky from NCIS, but he was also on The Man from Uncle and an accomplished producer.”