Samm-Art Williams dead at 78: Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air executive producer, actor, and Tony-nominated playwright  passes away in North Carolina

Samm-Art Williams - who was a Tony-nominated playwright and executive producer of Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air - has passed away aged 78.

The Hollywood veteran passed away on Monday in Burgaw, North Carolina his cousin Carol Brown confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

She said in a statement: 'Mr. Williams’ contributions to American theater and television will live on, but he will be greatly missed.'

No official cause of death has been revealed.

Samm-Art Williams - who was a Tony-nominated playwright and executive producer of Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air - has passed away aged 78; he is pictured inCook & Peary: The Race to the Pole back in 1983

Samm-Art Williams - who was a Tony-nominated playwright and executive producer of Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air - has passed away aged 78; he is pictured inCook & Peary: The Race to the Pole back in 1983

Williams' career highlight came in 1980 when he was nominated for both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his comedy Home.

The play was  mounted by the Negro Ensemble Company at St. Mark's Playhouse in Manhattan from 1979 to 1980.

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