Annie Wersching, the actress who played Tess in The Last of Us, has passed away

American actress Annie Wersching has passed away at the age of 45 after a battle with cancer.

She will be best known for her TV roles in 24, Bosch, Timeless and Star Trek Picard, but also had a couple of roles in video games. Most notably she provided voice and performance capture for the character of Tess in The Last of Us in 2013 (and by extension the 2022 The Last of Us Part I remake).

From left to right: Ashley Johnson, Troy Baker, Neil Druckmann & Annie Wersching in performance capture for The Last of Us

In a tribute shared with Deadline, Wersching’s husband, actor Stephen Full said “There is a cavernous hole in the soul of this family today. But she left us the tools to fill it. She found wonder in the simplest moment. She didn’t require music to dance. She taught us not to wait for adventure to find you. ‘Go find it. It’s everywhere.’ And find it we shall.

“As I drove our boys, the true loves of her life, down the winding driveway and street, she would yell BYE! until we were out of earshot and into the world. I can still hear it ringing. Bye my Buddie. ‘I love you little family…’ “

She is survived by her husband and their three children.

The sad news has seen tributes come in from many that she worked with over the years. 24 star Kiefer Sutherland called her “a beautiful person” and said “my heart breaks for her young family,” while The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann said on Twitter “You left us way too soon.”

Fellow The Last of Us actor Troy Baker said, “Annie, so much of Tess is what you imbued into the character. Your strength is her strength and in some way, you live on in not only her but the many roles you brought to life,” and Merle Dandrige said, “You are loved. Thank you for all of it.”

Source: Deadline

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  1. I wasn’t even aware she was in TLOU, but I liked her performances in 24 back then and Timeless more recently, I’m sad to read this.

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