The death of actor Mike Batayeh, best known for his role as laundromat manager Dennis Markowski on the critically acclaimed series ‘Breaking Bad,’ has been met with widespread grief throughout the entertainment world. The heart attack that took the life of the outstanding actor took place when he was 52 years old.
According to aceshowbiz.com, the actor’s family has verified that he passed away on June 1 from a heart attack when he was at his home in Michigan. The heart attack occurred while he was sleeping.
According to Diane, Mike’s sister, who spoke with TMZ, her brother’s passing “was very sudden, as he didn’t have a history of heart issues.”
His family issued the following statement after his passing: “He will be greatly missed by those who loved him and his great ability to bring laughter and joy to so many.”
On ‘Breaking Bad,’ Mike was noted for his role as manager Dennis Markowski of Gustavo Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) Lavanderia Brillante laundry.
Mike Batayeh passes away at 52
The actual meth lab was hidden behind a respectable company front run by Walter White (Bryan Cranston), who owned the laundry.
Mike’s other television credits include ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ ‘Battle Creek,’ ‘CSI: Miami,’ ‘Jessie,’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ among others. He is most known for his role on ‘Breaking Bad,’ though. In addition to that, the comedian was included in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ in the role of a voice actor.
After learning the devastating news, a lot of Mike’s coworkers expressed their condolences and paid respect to him. One of these people was the friend and Hollywood filmmaker Rola Nashef, who lamented the passing of Mike Batayeh on Facebook, writing, “A devastating loss of a huge life — Mike Batayeh, you were everybody’s friend.”
“And by everyone, I mean everyone. You have never met a person that I have put you in contact with or a waitress that has taken our order that you have not caused to laugh, ponder, be inspired, or root for,” the director went on to say. “You wanted to see that everyone of us was successful. I just can’t get myself to trust this information.”
Rola continued by saying, “Your sense of humor and your talent for stage, screenwriting, television, and film were brilliant. You were fearless in the outrageousness of your approach.”
“I pray so hard for your sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, and our entire community, all of whom will feel your loss for the rest of their lives,” you said. “I am so sorry.”
Dear Mike, may you rest in peace knowing that you will always be my buddy. Yorg Kerasiotis, who starred alongside Mike in the film ‘Detroit Unleaded’ in 2012, paid tribute to Mike in a letter by saying, “You were the superstar we always admired and one of the funniest men I’ve ever known.”