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School rock star Kevin Clark dies aged 32 after being hit by a car

Kevin Clark, best known for playing drums in the film School of Rock, has died after being hit by a driver in Chicago.

According to TMZ, the professional drummer who played Freddy Jones in the movie was riding a bike on the northwest side of Chicago early Wednesday (May 26) when he was struck by a Hyundai sonata.

He was 32 years old.

After the collision, Clark was rushed to hospital and later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.

His sister told TMZ that he was riding a bike home at the time of the accident.

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Police added that a 20-year-old woman was driving the vehicle. She was not arrested but allegedly received quotes.

The 2003 comedy starring Jack Black was Clark’s only film credit. He reconnected with Black in 2018 to meet for a School of Rock get-together during a Tenacious D-set in Chicago.

Speaking to the Chicago Sun Times, Clark’s mother said her son started playing the drums at the age of three by “beating pots and pans in the basement.”

“He’s just a raw talent. He has a heart of gold, ”she said.

Commenting on his role in the School of Rock, his mother added, “He just kind of lit up … He took it on right away, but never really acted after that.”

Clark drummed in local bands, performed in Dreadwolf and Funk it Let’s Jam, and taught music at a School of Rock location in Libertyville, Illinois.

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