Annie Wersching, known for her roles in 24 and Timeless, Star Trek: Picard, Bosch, and other shows, died at 45.
According to Deadline, Wersching was diagnosed with cancer in 2020. Her representative declined to comment after Deadline’s initial news report, saying he had “nothing else to share.”
“A vast void is currently piercing this family’s soul,” the actress’s husband, Stephen Full, told Deadline. However, she did leave us with the means. Even in the most mundane of circumstances, she found wonder. She could dance even without music. “Go find it,” she said, proving that adventure does not always come to you. It’s all finished now. And we will locate it.”
“As I drove our boys, the genuine loves of her life, down the curving road and street, she would yell “Bye!” until we were out of sight and into the world,” Full continued. It’s still ringing in my ears. My friend, I bid you farewell. “I adore you, my dear family…”
Wersching, a St. Louis native, began her career in movies and television shows like Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, and Supernatural before landing a recurring role as Renee Walker in the show 24.
She was a two-season cast member on 24 before moving on to several other television projects, including a lead role as Julia Brasher in Amazon Studios’ Bosch. Wersching contributed motion capture and voice work to The Last of Us, a 2013 PlayStation classic that spawned a successful HBO series of the same name. She was most recently seen as the Borg Queen in Star Trek: Picard.
Abigail Spencer, her Timeless co-star, shared a heartfelt but sad Instagram message about a friend.
“Dear @anniewersching,” she started her caption. “The perfect scene, partner. My constant adversary, with whom we couldn’t keep a straight face. As a result, our community has been devastated. She was instrumental in creating many of your and our favorite shows. The caller’s name. Call Annie if you need someone to kick you in the behind, elevate a plot, or be your lifeline. This is extremely challenging. I’m at a loss for words, Steve. I’m sending my love and support to you and the boys.”
On Twitter, Neil Druckmann, co-president of Naughty Dog, the developer of The Last of Us, paid tribute to Wersching. “I just found out that my beloved buddy Annie Wersching passed away,” he wrote. “Recently, a wonderful artist and person passed away. My heart is broken. Her family is on our minds.”
Druckmann shared a link to a GoFundMe page to assist Wersching’s family at the end of Wersching’s eulogy. Wersching was described in the fundraiser description as “a private person by nature,” and her cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2020 exacerbated that. According to the event description, the fundraiser’s goal is to help care for their children, Freddie, 12, Ozzie, 9, and Archie, 4, and “grieve without the stress of needing to work.”
“She wished to safeguard her sons. She wished to recover so she could return to work. She didn’t want to talk about it, to be honest.” She wanted to stay with her family and live her life on her own terms, “according to the fundraising description.