Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Arrow star Darren Shahlavi has died at the age of 42, his agent has confirmed.
According to his agent, Darren Shahlavi died in his sleep January 14. A cause of death was not revealed.
Darren Shahlavi recently finished shooting on Pound of Flesh with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and is also known for his work in Ip Man 2 (2010), Watchmen (2009), 300 (2006) and Alone in the Dark (2005).
He began martial arts training when he was 7 years old in Manchester, the UK.
Darren Shahlavi cut his teeth by moving to Hong Kong in the early ’90s and becoming a stuntman in kung fu films, before he was discovered by director Yuen Woo Ping, who cast him as the villain in kung fu film Tai Chi Chuan.
He then broke into Hollywood, scoring supporting roles as a boxer fighting Eddie Murphy in 2002’s I Spy and 2004’s The Final Cut with Robin Williams.
In TV, Darren Shahlavi was a guest star in Sanctuary, Human Target and Reaper.
In 2011, Darren Shahlavi appeared as Kano in Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
In the past few years, Darren Shahlavi had a guest role in the CW’s Arrow, appeared in 2012’s Metal Hurlant and had a starring role in 2012 TV movie Aladdin and the Death Lamp.
Locals in Hradok, Slovakia, are currently living in a fear of this tiny tearaway – whose fearsome fighting skills have seen it dubbed the Kung Fu Guinea Pig.
The pint-sized ninja terrified dog walker Marta Domotorova when it attacked her Hungarian pointer dogs during a stroll on heathland near her Hradok home.
With a series of spinning kicks and leaps the fearless rodent saw off both the hapless hounds as they tried to play with it.
Marta Domotorova said: “Bona started barking and Meggie wanted to sniff it. I guess it got pretty scared although both dogs are harmless and just wanted to play.
“But then they got pretty scared when the guinea pig started its Kung Fu chops.”
The pint-sized ninja terrified two Hungarian pointer dogs during a stroll in Hradok
Local wildlife experts think the furious furball is an escaped household pet.
One said: “It’s not the first time we’ve heard of this. These creatures are usually docile family pets but when threatened they will fight for their lives like any animal that thinks it’s been cornered.”
Others have questioned whether the guinea pig is actually a hamster and some cynics – believe it or not – have suggested the little critter’s flight may have had some digital assistance.