Annie Wersching, known for her roles in 24 and Timeless, Star Trek: Picard, Bosch, and other shows, died at 45.
Wersching was diagnosed with cancer in 2020, according to Deadline. When contacted after Deadline’s initial news report, her representative declined to comment, saying he had “nothing additional to share.”
“A vast void currently pierces this family’s soul,” the actress’s husband, Stephen Full, told Deadline. She did, however, leave us with the means. She found wonder in the most mundane of circumstances. She could dance without any music. “Go find it,” she said, demonstrating that adventure does not always find you. It’s all over now. And we’ll find it.”
“She would yell “Bye!” until we were out of sight and into the world as I drove our boys, the genuine loves of her life, down the curving road and street,” Full continued. I can still hear it ringing. Goodbye, my friend. “I adore you, little family…”
Wersching, a native of St. Louis, began her career in films and television shows such as Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, and Supernatural before landing a recurring role as Renee Walker in the show 24.
She was a cast member of 24 for two seasons before moving on to several other television projects throughout her career, including a lead role as Julia Brasher in Amazon Studios’ Bosch. Wersching contributed motion capture and voice work to the 2013 PlayStation classic The Last of Us, which has since inspired a successful HBO series of the same name. She was most recently seen in Star Trek: Picard as the Borg Queen.
Abigail Spencer, who plays her Timeless co-star, posted a touching but sad Instagram message about a friend.
“My dear @anniewersching,” she began her caption. “The ideal scene partner. My eternal arch-enemy, with whom we couldn’t keep a straight face. As a result, our community has suffered a tragic loss. She laid the groundwork for many of your and our favorite shows. The person who called. If you ever needed someone to kick you in the behind, elevate a plot, or be your lifeline, call Annie. This is extremely difficult. Steve, I’m at a loss for words. I’m sending you and the boys my love and support.”
Neil Druckmann, co-president of Naughty Dog, the developer of the video game The Last of Us, paid tribute to Wersching on Twitter. “Just learned my beloved buddy Annie Wersching passed away,” he wrote. “A wonderful artist and person passed away recently. My heart is shattered. Her family is in our thoughts.”
At the end of Wersching’s eulogy, Druckmann shared a link to a GoFundMe page to help Wersching’s family. Wersching was described as “a private person by nature” in the fundraiser description, and her cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2020 exacerbated that. The goal of the fundraiser, according to the event description, is to help fully care for their children, Freddie, 12, Ozzie, 9, and Archie, 4, and “grieve without the strain of needing to work.”
“She wished to protect her sons. She wished to recover so she could continue working. In all honesty, she didn’t want to talk about it. “She desired to remain with her family and live her life on her terms,” according to the fundraising description.