Annie Wersching Remembered: 24 Costar Kiefer Sutherland, Many Others Pay Tribute to the Late Actress

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Former costars and producers are paying tribute following the news of Annie Wersching’s death on Sunday at the age of 45.

Kiefer Sutherland, who played Jack Bauer opposite Wersching’s Renee Walker in Seasons 7 and 8 of Fox’s 24, tweeted that the actress was “one of the greatest actors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and my friend.” He added: “My heart breaks for her young family. May she be remembered for the beautiful person that she was.”

Wersching played Julia Brasher opposite Titus Welliver’s Harry Bosch in the Amazon series Bosch. Welliver said in a tweet: “There are no words. Love you Annie.”

Timeless and Revolution executive producer Eric Kripke tweeted about the “heartbreaking” news, calling Wersching “kind, brilliant, full of life… She was my secret weapon,” he wrote. “I cast her in every show I made, was looking for her part in #TheBoys. I’ll always regret not working with her one more time. Love to her family.” Wrote Timeless lead Abigail Spencer: “We love you #AnnieWersching. You will be deeply missed.”

The Rookie showrunner Alexi Hawley tweeted about her passing, including a link to a GoFundMe set up for the actress’ children. Having recurred as Rosalind Dyer,  “Annie was part of The Rookie family,” he said. “A special person and true talent who brought joy to our set and elevated every scene she was in.”

Jeffrey Pierce, who appeared alongside Wersching in Bosch and also provided performances for the The Last of Us video game (in which Wersching played Tess), tweeted: “Damn. Stunned to hear of Annie Wersching’s passing. The real deal. The OG Tess. Heartbreaking for those she left behind.”

Neil Druckmann, co-president of the company that created the Last Of Us video game, also mourned Wersching’s passing. “We just lost a beautiful artist and human being,” he wrote about Tess’ portrayer. “My heart is shattered. Thoughts are with her loved ones.”

Julie Plec, co-creator and showrunner for The Vampire Diaries, tweeted, “I became a fan from 24 and was lucky to be able to have Annie play mama to two of the hottest vamps in town.” (Wersching played the mother of Damon and Stefan Salvatore in the hit CW series.)

Wersching’s Star Trek: Picard costar Jeri Ryan posted on Instagram: “What a beautiful, bright light was lost today. I’m so lucky to have had the chance to work and play with the incredible @anniewersching. My heart breaks for her beautiful family and everyone who was lucky enough to know her… RIP, beautiful Annie.”

Other members of the Star Trek universe expressed condolences on StarTrek.com. Akiva Goldsman, exec producer of Star Trek: Picard, said: “Annie was a gift to us all, and an utter joy to work with,” while Terry Matalas, another EP for the series, shared, “She made our set a joy every day she was there. A true professional and a beautiful human being in every way possible.”

Andrew Marlowe, creator of Castle (where Wersching played the villainous Dr. Kelly Nieman), also expressed sympathies via Twitter: “She made such an impact on all of us at Castle, turning her guest role into a tour de force. And such a kind and wonderful presence.”

Marvel’s Runaways’ Ever Carradine also took to Twitter to mourn her costar and good friend from the Hulu series, saying, “We lost a ray of sunshine today. Love you.”

Wersching is survived by her husband, actor Stephen Full, and her three sons.

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