Kouijzer was diagnosed last summer with malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, or MPNST, and underwent surgery and radiotherapy, according to his GoFundMe page. But in April, he learned that the cancer had metastasized to his lungs. Kouijzer and his fiancÃ©, Lotte Bowser, moved to Tijuana, Mexico in September for treatment, and Kouijzer tested positive for COVID-19 in late October.
His death was announced via GoFundMe on Sunday. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Ben. He fought so hard and we are so so proud of him but in the end it was too much for him,” the post reads. “A combination of factors lead to kidney and liver failure and he passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. We are beyond devastated. We are all hurting together.”
Emma Banks, co-head of CAA’s London office, issued the following statement to Variety