Adama Niane, 56, has passed away.
The French actor was best known for his role in Netflix’s Lupin, which became an international sensation when it debuted in 2021.
His death has not been determined.
Adama’s Lupin co-star Omar Sy led tributes to the star on Twitter, describing the actor as ‘man of rare benevolence’.
He wrote: ‘I extend my deep condolences to the loved ones of Adama Niane, an immense actor alongside whom I had the chance and the pleasure of playing.
‘A man of rare benevolence… May his soul rest in peace.’
Film director Olivier Abbou also paid tribute to the star, describing him as a ‘hero.’
In an Instagram post, he penned: ‘It is with immense sadness that I learned of the passing of Adam Niane, with whom I had the pleasure of working on the 2 seasons of Maroni and Fury.
‘We haven’t left each other in four years, sharing intense human and artistic adventures in Guyana, St. Pierre and Miquelon, and even Lille.
‘He was involved, lit, whole, talented, and powerful. He was a hero, a friend, and an accomplice all rolled into one. ‘Please leave in peace.’
Adama’s most recent project was the 2022 TV series L’lle aux 30 Cercueils (The Island of 30 Coffins), in which he played Yannick Lantry.
He was best known for his portrayal of assassin and ex-convict Leonard Kone in Lupin, a film based on the novels of Maurice LeBlanc, who created the character in 1905.
Lupin became the first French series to land on Netflix’s Top 10 list, ranking No. 1 in the likes of Brazil, Vietnam, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland to name just a few.
The drama stars Omar Sy in the lead role as Assane Diop – someone who lives life inspired by thief Arsène Lupin, of the LeBlanc novels.
Over the years, the concept has been expanded into a variety of other film and television formats, including an animated series.
Assane was the only son of a Senegalese immigrant who was framed for stealing a diamond necklace from his employer, Hubert Pellegrini (Herve Pierre), and was sent to prison, where he committed suicide out of shame, leaving Lupin an orphan.