One Tree HillHilarie Burton Morgan and Sophia Bush were among the stars who sent condolences to Bevin Prince, whose spouse William Friend passed earlier this week. He was struck by lightning in North Carolina during the July 4th holiday. He was 33 years old.
Friend was struck by lightning on Sunday near Masonboro Island. During routine patrols, Wilmington police officers and New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy caught attention of the witnesses. WECT. The deputy performed CPR on the victim and took him to the marina where he was taken to EMS. He was declared dead by EMS before they reached the hospital. They attempted to revive him for 20 minutes.
Friend, who was the CEO and founder of digital media company Bisnow, married Prince in 2016. “With profound sadness, we share some extremely difficult news: Will Friend, who took Bisnow to new heights as CEO, passes away at 33,” The company stated in a statement on Wednesday. His 34th birthday was only one week away.
Prince’s One Tree Hill stars sent condolences to their loved ones on Instagram after the news of Friend’s passing. “Heartbroken and at a loss… Our family is grieving for one of our own. Please lift up [Prince] in whatever way you are able,”Bush wrote the following in an Instagram Story post: TVInsider. “Show her the love she deserves; the love her husband always showed her.”
Burton Morgan included a photo of herself with Prince, Ackles and Ackles in her message. She also linked to Friend’s memorial fund. “In every group of friends, there’s always the ‘strong one.’ They’re the ones who show up when things are difficult. They bring laughter and light to dark corners. It’s important to protect those friends, cause they’ll never ask for help,” Burton Morgan wrote. “Our friend [Prince] is one of those strong ones. She is light personified.”
Ackles shared photos with Prince and Friend along with a touching tribute to Friend. “You did more in your 33 years than most will do in a lifetime,” Ackles wrote. “Your curiosity and zeal for any new adventure was infectious. You had a way of encouraging people to push their limits and reach for potential only you could see. Nothing was ever out of reach for you or those in your orbit. But of all your accomplishments, and there were many, I know you would say that finding Bevin was your greatest. You two had big love.”
A memorial fund was set up by the friend’s family GoFundMe to support Friend and Prince’s business Recess and the charity Special Operators Transition Foundation. Recess was a North Carolina business that Prince and Friend established to support entrepreneurs and provide job opportunities. The Special Operators Transition Foundation was established by former Navy SEAL Robert J. O’Neill to help Special Operations veterans and their families with career placement opportunities.