NCIS cast member dies 2021: Which NCIS star died?

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NCIS finished season 18 earlier this year on CBS, saying goodbye to Agent Ellie Bishop (played by Emily Wickersham) and temporarily to Agent Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon). The crime drama has already been renewed for another series so there is no need to worry about it making a comeback. In fact, NCIS will be returning next month for season 19’s premiere so there isn’t too long to go before it returns.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from NCIS.

Which NCIS star died? 

Fans of actress Lisa Banes were devastated to hear back in June that she had been killed in a hit-and-run incident.

She was reportedly left with a “traumatic brain injury” after she was run over by either a scooter or motorbike while she was crossing the street in New York City on June 5.

Banes’ manager David Williams said that she was crossing Amsterdam Avenue to visit Julliard School where she used to attend.

Ten days after she was hit, the 65-year-old died at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital as a result of her injuries.

Banes portrayed Ambassador Olivia Edmunds in season 12, episode nine Patience.

Her character was introduced following the murder of a petty officer was connected to a 40-year-old airport bombing.

The cold case had been assigned to Gibbs and Tony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly) for years and needed the Ambassador’s help.

This was far from her only role though as Banes was a star of both stage and screen.

Banes featured in hit 2014 thriller Gone Girl and was in Cocktail, the 1988 romantic-comedy starring Tom Cruise.

She played Bonnie, a brief love interest for Cruise’s character Brian Flanagan.

Besides from these, Banes was also in Masters of Sex, Nashville and Madam Secretary.

She also wasn’t a stranger when it came to Broadway, appearing in various shows during her career.

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Some stage productions included Neil Simon’s play Rumours in 1988, High Society and Noel Coward’s Present Laughter in 2010.

Stars took to Twitter to express their sadness at the news of Banes’ death.

Singer Jill Sobule tweeted: “Just busted. Lisa Banes was magnificent, hilarious, and big-hearted – always helped me through the hard times. She was so beloved by so many.”

Actor Seth McFarlane posted: “Her stage presence, magnetism, skill and talent were matched only by her unwavering kindness and graciousness toward all of us.”

Banes lived in Los Angeles with her wife  Kathryn Kranhold who works as a contributing reporter for the Center for Public Integrity.

Kranhold has posted a few pictures of herself and Banes on social media in tribute.

One photo shows Banes sitting happily on a beach with the caption “love and light”.

While another is of Banes and Kranhold, on a ferry, along with the tweet: “My Lisa, our #lisabanes, our huge loss.”

NCIS is available to watch on CBS.

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