'NCIS: Los Angeles' actor Miguel Ferrer dead at 61

Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61.

The actor, known for his roles on "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Crossing Jordan," lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, Deadline reported.

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Ferrer, who was born in Santa Monica, had been playing Owen Granger on "NCIS" since 2012. Showrunner R. Scott Gemmill released a statement following the news saying, "Today, NCIS: LOS ANGELES lost a beloved family member. Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor and a huge heart."

His decades-long career got started in the '80s with a handful of small roles before landing a breakout role on cult-favorite "Twink Peaks" in the early '90s. He also worked routinely on animated projects: He voiced roles in "RoboCop," "The Lion King II" and "Superman: Animated Series."

The actor also spent seven years starring on NBC's "Crossing Jordan" from 2001 until 2007 when the show was cancelled.

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Miguel Ferrer attends the CBS Television Studios "Summer Soiree" in West Hollywood, California May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Miguel Ferrer, one of the cast members in the new film "The Man," arrives at the premiere of the film at the Arclight Theater in Los Angeles, September 6, 2005. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello CP
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 4: 'Parallel Resistors' -- Pictured:LL COOL J (Special Agent Sam Hanna), Miguel Ferrer (NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger) and Chris O'Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen). After a graduate student developing an electromagnetic weapon for the Navy is attacked, the NCIS team discovers a connection to international warfare. Also, Kensi continues grueling physical therapy for her spinal injury, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Nov. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Paul Sarkis/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 20: Actor Miguel Ferrer attends the Extraordinary Families Gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on April 20, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 28: 'The Seventh Child' -- Pictured: Linda Hunt (Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange) and Miguel Ferrer (NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger). Callen and the team try to save a child in imminent danger who has been brainwashed by a terrorist cell. Also, Deeks and Kensi discuss having children, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, March 21 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 28: 'The Seventh Child' -- Pictured: Miguel Ferrer (NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger), Linda Hunt (Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange), Daniela Ruah (Special Agent Kensi Blye) and Eric Christian Olsen (LAPD Liaison Marty Deeks). Callen and the team try to save a child in imminent danger who has been brainwashed by a terrorist cell. Also, Deeks and Kensi discuss having children, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, March 21 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 15: 'Talion' -- Pictured: Miguel Ferrer (NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger) and Daniela Ruah (Special Agent Kensi Blye). When Sam receives a distress code from his son Aiden (Tye White) that his school has been taken over by an extremist group, Sam, Callen, Kensi and Deeks rush to San Francisco to protect Aiden and free the hostages, on the seventh season finale of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, May 2 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Ron P. Jaffe/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actor Miguel Ferrer (R) and Lori Ferrer attend LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell and Alejandro G I�rritu, Presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for LACMA)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 26: 'Granger, O' -- Pictured: Malese Jow (Jennifer Kim) and Miguel Ferrer (NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger). As Granger escorts Jennifer Kim (Malese Jow) back to Los Angeles, he interrogates her regarding a North Korean spy and she admits to knowing he is her father, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, April 18 (9:59-11:00, ETPT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor Miguel Ferrer attends the PaleyFest 2015 fall TV preview of 'NCIS: Los Angeles' at The Paley Center for Media on September 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 10: Actor Miguel Ferrer attends CBS' 2015 Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center on August 10, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Actor Miguel Ferrer attends the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09: Actor Miguel Ferrer attends Disney's 'Tomorrowland' - Los Angeles Premiere at AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater on May 9, 2015 in Anaheim, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
(L-R Actors Daniela Ruah, Renee Felice Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Barrett Foa and Eric Christian Olsen pose at the ceremony that honored him with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
US actor Miguel Ferrer poses during a photocall for the TV show 'NCIS LA' as part of the 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival on June 10, 2014 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
MONACO - JUNE 10: Miguel Ferrer poses during a portrait session at Grimaldi Forum on June 10, 2014 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Francois Durand/French Select/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Miguel Ferrer attends the 'Twin Peaks' Blu-Ray/DVD release party and screening at the Vista Theatre on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 09: Miguel Ferrer attends a Cocktail Reception at the Ministere d'etat on June 9, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pool Barson/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA- MARCH 06: Actor Miguel Ferrer arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Need For Speed' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 6, 2014 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 09: Miguel Ferrer and wife attend a Cocktail Reception at Monaco Palace on June 9, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pool Barson/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 06: Actor Miguel Ferrer arrives for the premiere of DreamWorks Pictures' 'Need For Speed' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 6, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Miguel Ferrer 300: Rise Of An Empire premiere Hollywood, CA March 4, 2014 ??Kurt Krieger (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 23: (L-R) Eric Christian Olsen, Chris O'Donnell, Miguel Ferrer, Daniela Ruah, Linda Hunt, Barrett Foa, L.L. Cool J and Renee Felice Smith attend the 'NCIS: Los Angeles' 100th episode cake cutting ceremony held at Paramount Studios on August 23, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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The news of Ferrer's death comes amid concerning rumors about his health and claims from sources close to the CBS show that his character was about to be killed off.

Tripped Media published a speculative story just two days before his death citing "unconfirmed rumors that he had experienced a stroke while on set" while "fans started pointing out that [Ferrer's character] Owen Granger's speech and mannerisms onscreen looked like a struggle."

As Variety notes, he was a first cousin to fellow actor George Clooney. He is also survived by his wife Lori and sons Lukas and Rafi.

See photos of Miguel Ferrer with his family:

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Dinner at Chez Jay, Santa Monica. Same as 1970.
My retirement plan.
Desolation Sound, B.C.
Homeward bound.
Santa Monica, CA
Santa Ynez Valley, CA
That's my old '48. Guy next to me is kinda famous now.
Christmas at Paramount
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