One Tree Hill star Bevin Prince's husband tragically died over the weekend after being struck by lightning near their home in Wilmington, North Carolina; Prince and Friend seen in 2020
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One Tree Hill star Bevin Prince’s husband tragically died over the weekend after being struck by lightning near their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

According to WECT News, 33-year-old William Friend was on a boat with friends near Masonboro Island on Sunday, July 3, when he was struck.

Emergency responders attempted to revive Friend, but he was later pronounced dead in the ambulance, the outlet reports.

One Tree Hill star Bevin Prince's husband tragically died over the weekend after being struck by lightning near their home in Wilmington, North Carolina; Prince and Friend seen in 2020

One Tree Hill star Bevin Prince’s husband tragically died over the weekend after being struck by lightning near their home in Wilmington, North Carolina; Prince and Friend seen in 2020

Emergency responders attempted to revive Friend, but he was later pronounced dead in the ambulance, the outlet reports; Bevin Prince seen in 2008

Emergency responders attempted to revive Friend, but he was later pronounced dead in the ambulance, the outlet reports; Bevin Prince seen in 2008

His death came just one week before what would have been his 34th birthday.

It was the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Unit, as well as Wilmington Police Department’s Marine Unit, who responded to the incident on Sunday after being flagged down by civilians.

Deputies reached Friend and performed CPR on him while en route to Bradley Creek Marina to meet EMS.

After moving Friend over to an ambulance, the emergency responders ‘attempted to resuscitate him for 20 minutes’ before pronouncing him dead.

According to WECT News, 33-year-old William Friend was on a boat with friends near Masonboro Island on Sunday, July 3, when he was struck; Prince seen in February

According to WECT News, 33-year-old William Friend was on a boat with friends near Masonboro Island on Sunday, July 3, when he was struck; Prince seen in February

Friend’s body was then transported to a local hospital, where EMS met with family.

Bevin, 39, and Friend married in 2016. They celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on May 21.

Prince’s best friend, Odette Annable, paid tribute to the actress’ late husband in a post shared to Instagram on Wednesday.

‘The unimaginable has happened and we have to say goodbye to another friend, @britwilliam. My best friend @bevinaprince beloved husband. Will, it feels surreal writing this,’ began the You Again star, who included a snapshot of Friend. 

Gone too soon: His death came just one week before what would have been his 34th birthday

Gone too soon: His death came just one week before what would have been his 34th birthday

She continued: ‘Mostly because it feels like you were just getting started. The life and love that you gave to my best friend made it feel okay that we were thousands of miles apart.

‘As I sit in your beautiful home, looking out onto the ocean, I keep thinking about what a gift you gave to Bevin. What a gift you gave to everyone who knew you to witness the passion that burned in your soul. The passion to help people, to build your business, to find happiness like I’d never seen from you living in North Carolina with Bevin.’

She described Friend as being ‘perfect’ for Prince ‘in every way’ and that he always ‘supported her dreams’ and ‘adored her with every bit of your soul.’

Odette said she was with Prince at the time of writing the post and that she’d been ‘hearing her share stories about you and your love breaks my heart for her, because she lost the love of her life and the world lost a really really good one.’

Marriage: Bevin, 39, and Friend married in 2016. They celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on May 21; Prince pictured in 2021

Marriage: Bevin, 39, and Friend married in 2016. They celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on May 21; Prince pictured in 2021

She continued: ‘I know you will still be with her and your gorgeous brothers and family the Prince family, and we will all feel you spreading your light and beauty through everyone who was fortunate enough to know you.

‘At only 33 years old, you did it, and you went out like no other in a blaze of glory. May you Rest In Peace you charming, witty, beautiful British man who loved the sh** out of America. I love you,’ Odette wrote.

She concluded the lengthy tribute by encouraging her ‘friends and family on social media’ to donate to several causes that Friend ‘believed in with his heart.

‘One of them being the business @recessbybevinprince that he built alongside his wife and my best friend @bevinaprince. Bevin and the women in her company have worked so hard to keep this dream going and all he would have wanted was to see them continue to succeed,’ Odette penned.

Tribute: Prince's best friend, Odette Annable, paid tribute to the actress' late husband in a post shared to Instagram on Wednesday

Tribute: Prince’s best friend, Odette Annable, paid tribute to the actress’ late husband in a post shared to Instagram on Wednesday

Donating to causes: Odette included a link to a GoFundMe page launched by one of the Prince family members, which has since garnered over $34,000 of its $50,000 goal

Donating to causes: Odette included a link to a GoFundMe page launched by one of the Prince family members, which has since garnered over $34,000 of its $50,000 goal

Donations will also be given to the Special Operators Transition Foundation, which was founded by decorated combat veteran Robert J. O’Neill and is dedicated to supporting Special Operations heroes and their families 

Odette included a link to a GoFundMe page launched by one of the Prince family members, which has since garnered over $34,000 of its $50,000 goal.

‘Thank you so much for all of your support during this time. I love you all,’ the House star concluded.

Friend served as CEO of the company Bisnow, a business-to-business platform that serves the commercial real estate industry, for the past seven years.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Bisnow’s COO and CFO Gregg Mayer paid tribute to the late entrepreneur and the impact he had on the company. 

CEO: Friend served as CEO of the company Bisnow , a business-to-business platform that serves the commercial real estate industry, for the past seven years

CEO: Friend served as CEO of the company Bisnow , a business-to-business platform that serves the commercial real estate industry, for the past seven years

Passion project: He and his wife Prince launched the outdoor cycling studio, Recess by Bevin Prince, in Wilmington in November 2020 after making the move to North Carolina from New York amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Passion project: He and his wife Prince launched the outdoor cycling studio, Recess by Bevin Prince, in Wilmington in November 2020 after making the move to North Carolina from New York amid the COVID-19 pandemic

‘What made Will special was his innate ability to inspire and motivate people — to raise people higher than they thought possible. That is the culture he fostered at Bisnow and, ultimately, that will be his lasting legacy,’ Mayer’s statement read.

Friend first worked at Bisnow as an intern in 2010 and was eventually named the company’s COO in 2013. Two years later, he’d take over the position of CEO at the age of 27.

He and his wife Prince launched the outdoor cycling studio, Recess by Bevin Prince, in Wilmington in November 2020 after making the move to North Carolina from New York amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prince famously starred as Bevin Mirskey on the hit CW series One Tree Hill. She appeared in 41 episodes throughout the show’s first five seasons, as well as season nine.

Known for: Prince famously starred as Bevin Mirskey on the hit CW series One Tree Hill

Known for: Prince famously starred as Bevin Mirskey on the hit CW series One Tree Hill

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