'Anne of Green Gables' Star Jonathan Crombie Dies at 48

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Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie in 'Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel'

The Canadian actor played Gilbert Blythe in the CBC TV movies.

Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for playing the role of Gilbert Blythe in the Anne of Green Gables TV movies, has died. He was 48.

His sister, Carrie Crombie, on Saturday told CBC News her brother died after suffering a brain hemorrhage on Wednesday in New York City. "He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing," she added in tribute to her late brother.

Born in Toronto in 1966, Crombie was spotted as a 17 year-old by casting director Diane Polley, the mother of actress Sarah Polley, while performing in a high school performance of The Wizard of Oz. That brought him the co-starring role opposite Megan Follows in the CBC TV miniseries Anne of Green Gables in 1985, a role he reprised in the 1987 TV movie Anne of Avonlea and then again in 2000 in Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story.

His other TV credits included playing the character Lionel Train in the TV series Slings and Arrows and the role of Hudson James in another Canadian drama, Power Play. Crombie's last role was playing a police inspector on an episode of The Good Wife that aired in January.

His fellow actors and creative collaborators paid tribute to Crombie on Saturday. "Jonathan Crombie gone? That's just not fair. RIP sweet, talented soul," actor Julian Richings said on Twitter.

"Very, very hard to think of the world without my dear friend and collaborator of 30 years. Goodbye, Jonathan," added Canadian writer and actor Bob Martin in his own tweet.