Ben Affleck: 'I Will Miss' Pete Postlethwaite

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Affleck adds of his "The Town" costar, who died Sunday from cancer: "This is a great loss of a wonderful man.”

Ben Affleck is saddened by the death of his The Town costar Pete Postlethwaite, who died of cancer Sunday at age 64.

"Pete was a wonderful actor and an extraordinary man," Affleck tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "I will miss him as will the countless others whose lives he touched either personally or through his work."

Affleck added, "This is a great loss of a wonderful man. My prayers go out to his family."

Said Daniel Day-Lewis, who played Postlethwaite’s son in 1993′s In the Name of the Father (earning both Oscar nominations), and co-starred in 1992's The Last of the Mohicans: "Pos was the one. As students, it was him we went to see on stage time and time again. It was him we wanted to be like; wild and true; lion hearted; unselfconscious, irreverent. He was on our side. He watched out for us. We loved him and followed him like happy children, never a breath away from laughter. He shouldn’t have gone. I wish so much that he hadn’t. There’s a tendency to make lists at this time of the year. When we get to the Best of British, if Pete isn’t at the top of that list, he shouldn’t be far from it.”

Postlethwaite starred in The Usual Suspects, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad, Alien 3, Clash of the Titans and Inception.