Everwood Star Treat Williams Dead at 71 in Motorcycle Accident

Everwood actor Treat Williams died in a motorcycle accident on June 12, weeks after the passing of his co-star John Beasley. He was 71.

By Gabrielle Chung Jun 13, 2023 2:38 AMTags
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The Everwood family is weathering another devastating death.

Treat Williams, who played Dr. Andrew "Andy" Brown on the WB series, died on June 12 following a motorcycle accident in Dorset, Vermont, according to his family. He was 71.

"As you can imagine, we are shocked and greatly bereaved at this time," they said in a statement, obtained by NBC News. "Treat was full of love for his family, for his life and for his craft, and was truly at the top of his game in all of it. It is all so shocking right now, but please know that Treat was dearly and deeply loved and respected by his family and everyone who knew him."

The family added, "We are beyond devastated and ask that you respect our privacy as we deal with our grief. To all his fans, please know that Treat appreciated all of you and please continue to keep him in your hearts and prayers."

Williams is survived by his wife, Pam Van Sant, and their kids Gille and Ellie.

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The fatal crash occurred around 4:53 p.m. local time, when a 2008 Honda Element attempted to turn left into a parking lot and got in the path of Williams' motorcycle, per Vermont State Police.

"Williams was unable to avoid a collision and was thrown from his motorcycle," authorities said in a news release. "He suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, where he was pronounced dead."

The other driver was checked for minor injuries at the scene.

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In the wake of the tragedy, Williams' agent Barry McPherson said he was "devastated" by the loss.

"He was the nicest guy," McPherson told People. "He was so talented."

Describing Williams as an "actor's actor," McPherson continued, "Filmmakers loved him. He's been the heart of the Hollywood since the late 1970s."

Indeed, Williams' acting career spanned across decades. He made his silver screen debut in 1975's Deadly Hero before starring in HairThe Pursuit of D.B. CooperOnce Upon a Time in America and Flashpoint. He also held credits on features such as The Devil's OwnMiss Congeniality 2: Armed & FabulousWhat Happens in Vegas, 127 Hours and Second Act.

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On TV, Williams was best known for his role on Everwood, starring as the lead for four seasons from 2002 to 2006. In recent years, the actor made recurring appearances on hits like Chicago FireChesapeake Shores and Blue Bloods.

"He was really proud of his performance this year," McPherson said. "He's had a balanced career."

Williams' death comes two weeks after the passing of his Everwood co-star John Beasley. The actor died on May 30 at the age of 79.

Beasley, who starred as Irv Harper throughout the show's run, was in the process of undergoing tests on his liver before his health abruptly declined, his son Tyrone told The Hollywood Reporter. He passed away at a hospital in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

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