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The Passion of the Christ actor Christo Jivkov passes away at age 48 – rest in peace

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The world is mourning the tragic loss of a young talent. The passing of actor Christo Jivkov has left many heartbroken. He was a gifted individual who left us far too soon.

Christo Jivkov fought a difficult battle in his final days. The actor and producer, originally from Bulgaria, struggled with lung cancer for an extended period. Sadly, he could not overcome the illness.

Jivkov was best known for his portrayal of John the Apostle in the 2004 blockbuster, The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson. It was reported that he succumbed to his cancer in Los Angeles. His passing has left a profound impact on fans and the entertainment industry alike.

 

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The actor completed his studies in film directing at the Bulgarian Film & Theater Academy. His passion for the craft helped him advance in the entertainment world.

Upon graduation, his first significant role was in the 2001 film, The Profession of Arms, directed by Ermanno Olmi, where he portrayed Giovanni delle Bande Nere. Later, he worked on a project also called The Profession of Arms, which became a hit, earning nine awards at the 2002 David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film.

In 2009, the actor transitioned from acting to film production, and went on to co-found a production company called Red Carpet Films. The company achieved great success and made significant contributions to Bulgarian National Television.

The unexpected passing of Christo Jivkov, co-founder of Red Carpet, has left his company deeply saddened. In a statement expressing their grief, they described him as a cherished friend and valued colleague, emphasizing that he will always be remembered. “Today we lost our beloved friend and dear colleague Christo Jivkov, co-founder of Red Carpet. Wе are truly devastated by this untimed loss. We will never forget you!”

 

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Prominent Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, widely recognized for her performance in the 1999 Bond film The World Is Not Enough, also paid tribute to Jivkov on Instagram. In a heartfelt message translated from Italian, she expressed disbelief at his departure and shared the immense pain his loss has caused. Cucinotta referred to Jivkov as a gentle soul whose struggle resonated with those who cared for him.

Mel Gibson, the director of Christo Jivkov’s most well-known role in The Passion of the Christ, paid tribute to the late actor in a statement. Gibson expressed his sadness for the loss of his friend who fought courageously against cancer until the end. He will miss Jivkov but finds solace in knowing that his suffering has ended and he now rests in peace.

A sequel to the film, titled The Passion of the Christ: The Resurrection, is in the works, with production set to start in spring 2023. The original movie, released on a budget of $30 million, garnered immense success, earning $612 million worldwide.

The passing of Christo Jivkov is deeply saddening. Our condolences go out to his family and friends who are grieving this loss. We invite everyone to join us in sending their thoughts and prayers to those affected by his passing.