The One Tree Hill star’s husband, Bevin Prince, tragically passed away over the weekend after being struck by lightning near their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.
According to WECT News, William Friend, 33, was on a boat with friends near Masonboro Island on Sunday, July 3, when he was struck.
Rescuers attempted to revive Friend, but he was later pronounced dead in the ambulance, the outlet reports.
One Tree Hill star’s husband Bevin Prince tragically died over the weekend after being struck by lightning near their home in Wilmington, North Carolina; Prince and friend seen in 2020
Rescuers tried to revive Friend, but he was later pronounced dead in the ambulance, the outlet reports; Bevin Prince seen in 2008
His death came just a week before what would have been his 34th birthday.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, along with the Wilmington Police Department Marine Unit, responded to the incident on Sunday after it was reported by civilians.
Deputies reached Friend and performed CPR on him as he headed to Bradley Creek Marina to meet EMS.
After moving Friend to an ambulance, rescuers “attempted to resuscitate him for 20 minutes” before pronouncing him dead.
Pictured: Bevin Prince (left) is seen with husband William Friend in an Instagram post
According to WECT News, William Friend, 33, was on a boat with friends near Masonboro Island on Sunday, July 3, when he was struck; Prince seen in February
Ami’s body was then taken to a local hospital, where EMS met the family.
Bevin, 39, and Friend tied the knot 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’s surreal to write this, ‘began the star of You Again, which included a snapshot of Friend.
Gone too soon: His death came just a week before what would have been his 34th birthday
She continued, “Mostly because you feel like you’re just getting started. The life and love you gave to my best friend made me feel good that we were thousands of miles apart.
“As I sit in your beautiful home by the ocean, I can’t stop thinking about the gift you gave Bevin. What a gift you gave to all who knew you to witness the passion that burned in your soul. The passion to help people, to grow your business, to find happiness like I’ve never seen from you living in North Carolina with Bevin.
She described Friend as “perfect” for Prince “in every way” and that he “always supported her dreams” and “adored her with every bit of his soul”.
Odette said she was with Prince at the time of writing and “heard him sharing stories about you and your love for her that breaks my heart because she lost the love of her life and the world has lost a really really good one.’
Wedding: 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 always be with her and your beautiful brothers and your family the Prince family, and we will all feel you pouring your light and your beauty through everyone who was lucky enough to know you.
“At just 33 you did it and walked out like no other in a burst of glory. May you rest in peace, charming, witty and handsome British man who loved the shit 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 Friend “believed in with her heart.”
“One of them is the @recessbybevinaprince business that he built alongside his wife and my best friend @bevinaprince. Bevin and the women in his business have worked so hard to keep this dream alive and all that ‘he would have liked was to see them continue to succeed,’ Odette wrote.
Tribute: Prince’s best friend Odette Annable paid tribute to the late husband of the actress in a post shared on Instagram on Wednesday
Donate to causes: Odette included a link to a GoFundMe page started by one of the Prince family members, which has since raised over $34,000 towards her $50,000 goal
Donations will also be made 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 started by one of the Prince family members, which has since raised over $34,000 towards her $50,000 goal.
“Thank you so much for all of your support during this time. I love you all,” the House star concluded.
Masonboro Island is a barrier island that is only accessible by boat from the mainland. It is a popular destination for boating, surfing and camping. Due to its geography in North Carolina, thunderstorms occur regularly in spring and summer.
Safety experts said Friend’s tragic death is a reminder of the dangers of being on water or in open spaces when a storm is coming.
Captain Ryan Saporito of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach, who was helping other boats during Sunday’s storm, told WECT, “There really is no safe place on a boat” during a storm.
John Jensenius of the National Lightning Safety Council told the outlet that being on the water during a storm can be deadly.
“Some people think there’s protection based on just a little metal, but that’s really not the case when you consider that lightning is entering your boat’s metal systems and you’re very close to it. .” So really very little protection, especially if you’re an open boat,” he said.
Friend served as CEO of Bisnow, a business-to-business platform serving the commercial real estate industry, for the past seven years.
In a statement on Wednesday, Bisnow COO and CFO Gregg Mayer paid tribute to the late entrepreneur and the impact he had on the business.
CEO: Friend served as CEO of Bisnow, a business-to-business platform serving the commercial real estate industry, for the past seven years.
Project Passion: He and his wife Prince launched the outdoor cycling studio, Recess by Bevin Prince, in Wilmington in November 2020 after moving from New York to North Carolina amid the COVID-19 pandemic
“What made Will special was his innate ability to inspire and motivate people – to lift people higher than they thought possible. This is the culture he fostered in Bisnow and ultimately this 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 chief operating officer in 2013. Two years later, he would take over as 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 moving from New York to North Carolina amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prince starred as Bevin Mirskey on the hit CW series One Tree Hill. She appeared in 41 episodes during the show’s first five seasons, as well as season nine.
Known For: Prince starred as Bevin Mirskey on the hit CW series One Tree Hill