A Tree Hill star’s husband, Bevin Prince, 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 with friends on a boat near Masonboro Island on Sunday, July 3 when he was attacked.
EMTs tried 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
EMTs attempted to revive Friend, but he was later pronounced dead in the ambulance, the outlet reports; Bevin Prince was spotted in 2008
His death came just a week before his 34th birthday.
It was the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and the Wilmington Police Department Marine Unit who responded to the incident on Sunday after being stopped by civilians.
Deputies reached Friend and performed CPR on him while he was en route to Bradley Creek Marina to meet with emergency services.
After Friend was taken to an ambulance, paramedics “attempted to revive him for 20 minutes” before pronouncing him dead.
Pictured: Bevin Prince (left) can be seen in an Instagram post with her husband William Friend
According to WECT News, 33-year-old William Friend was with friends on a boat near Masonboro Island on Sunday, July 3 when he was attacked; Prince seen in February
The friend’s body was then transported to a local hospital, where EMS met with the 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 feels surreal writing that,” the You Again star began, which included a snap of “Friend.”
Gone too soon: His death came just a week before his 34th birthday
She continued, “Mainly because it feels like you’ve just started. The life and love you gave my best friend made it feel good that we were thousands of miles apart.
“As I sit in your beautiful home and gaze out to sea, I keep thinking about what a gift you gave Bevin. What a gift you gave to everyone you knew to witness the passion that burned in your soul. A passion for helping people build their businesses, finding happiness like I’ve never seen you do while living in North Carolina with Bevin.
She described Friend as “perfect in every way” for Prince and that he always “supported her dreams” and “adored her with every bit of his soul.”
Odette said she was dating Prince at the time of writing the post and had been “hearing their stories told about you and your love breaks my heart for her because she lost the love of her life and she really really lost the world.” Well.’
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 beautiful brothers and family, the Prince family, and we will all feel you spreading your light and beauty through all those who have happiness.” had to know you.
“At just 33 years old you made it and walked out radiant like no one else. May you rest in peace you charming, funny, beautiful Brit who loved the shit of America. I love you,” Odette wrote.
She ended the lengthy tribute by encouraging her “friends and family on social media” to donate to multiple causes that Friend “believed with his heart.”
“One of them is the business @recessbybevinprince he built with his wife and my best friend @bevinaprince. Bevin and the women at her company have worked so hard to keep this dream going and all he wanted was for them to continue to be successful,” Odette wrote.
Tribute: Prince’s best friend Odette Annable paid tribute to the actress’ late husband in a post shared to Instagram on Wednesday
Charity giving: Odette included a link to a GoFundMe page, started by a member of the Prince family, which has since raised over $34,000 of its $50,000 goal
Donations also go to the Special Operators Transition Foundation, founded by distinguished combat veteran Robert J. O’Neill and dedicated to supporting Special Operations heroes and their families
Odette included a link to a GoFundMe page started by a member of the Prince family who has since raised over $34,000 of his $50,000 goal.
“Thank you for all of your support during this time. Love you all,” the House star concluded.
Masonboro Island is a barrier island accessible only by boat from the mainland and is a popular boating, surfing, and camping destination. Because of its North Carolina geography, thunderstorms are a regular occurrence during the spring and summer.
Safety experts said Friend’s tragic death was a reminder of the dangers of being out on the water or outdoors in a storm.
Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach Captain Ryan Saporito, who was helping other boats during Sunday’s storm, told WECT, “There really is no safe place on a boat” in 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 that just a little bit of metal offers some protection, but that’s not true considering lightning penetrates your boat’s metal systems and you’re very close to them. So really very little protection, especially when you’re an open boat,” he said.
Friend has been CEO of Bisnow, a business-to-business platform serving the commercial real estate industry, for the past seven years.
In a statement released Wednesday, Bisnow COO and CFO Gregg Mayer paid tribute to the late entrepreneur and his influence on the company.
CEO: Friend has been CEO of Bisnow, a business-to-business platform serving the commercial real estate industry, for the past seven years
Passion Project: He and his wife Prince opened outdoor cycling studio Recess by Bevin Prince in Wilmington in November 2020 after relocating 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 take people higher than they thought possible. That’s the culture he nurtured at Bisnow and that will ultimately be his enduring legacy,” Mayer said in a statement.
Friend first worked as an intern at Bisnow in 2010 and was eventually appointed COO of the company in 2013. Two years later, at the age of 27, he assumed the position of CEO.
He and his wife Prince opened outdoor cycling studio Recess by Bevin Prince in Wilmington in November 2020 after relocating 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 in the show’s first five seasons as well as the ninth season.
Known For: Prince famously starred as Bevin Mirskey on the hit CW series One Tree Hill