Actor Erik Jensen, well known for his appearances in “The Walking Dead” and “Mr. Robot,” is receiving cancer treatment, and his friends and family are asking for assistance.
“After miraculously surviving a brain aneurysm just a year and a half ago, our beloved Erik Jensen was just diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer,” reads a GoFundMe page set up by his family last week.
Although Jensen’s illness “has metastasized to his liver,” the actor is described as “young and strong” and even continued to work as a writer and director while undergoing treatment.
“His physicians believe they may be able to reduce the tumors to the point where two big procedures will be necessary to remove them completely. He’ll be able to get through this. However, Erik and his family are facing their worst battle yet, and they require your help,” it stated.
The family is aiming to raise a total of $300,000 and further states that they are “in an extremely precarious financial position and they need a lot of help to make it through the next year, pay for treatment to fight his cancer, keep their home, and maintain some sort of stability for Sadie” in the wake of Jensen’s aneurysm and cancer diagnosis, as well as the Hollywood strikes.
According to the GoFundMe website, as of Wednesday, they had raised more than $90,000.
“The Walking Dead” executive producer Scott Gimple said on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday, “One of TWD’s own could use a little help,” and included a link to Jensen’s contribution page. The recent cancer diagnosis of Erik Jensen, who portrayed Dr. Steven Edwards in S5, has left him and his family facing a period of immense uncertainty.
“I never got the chance to work with Erik, but I’m glad I did now. I’ve only heard wonderful things about him as a person. I’m aware that he and his might need some assistance. Of any and all type,” “The Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan said on X on Tuesday.
Along with his spouse Jessica Blank, Jensen is a parent to 13-year-old daughter Sadie.
He is among the most caring, loyal, sincere, and industrious persons we have ever met. He must assist his daughter in maturing,” the GoFundMe states. “He must stay on to preserve the lovely community that he and Jess have created. And he still has a ton of art to create for the world.
Among many other TV shows, Jensen has been in “For Life,” “The Equalizer,” and “Mindhunter.”