“After a hard-fought battle with lung cancer,” Kathryn Kates couldn’t hold it for longer.

The American and Veteran character actress, Kathryn Kates, with credits like Seinfeld and Orange Is the New Black, has died at 73 in Florida after a “hard-fought battle with lung cancer”

The death news of the actress came as a shock to her fans when her representative revealed that she was no more. She died on Saturday after fighting lung cancer, noted Erica Bines of Headline Talent Agency.

However, her memorial will be held in spring, added the agency.

The star’s manager, Bob McGowan, said via an email, “my heart is broken, she was the best.”

“The entire time she was sick, she never complained”, he added.

Dodger Thoughts proprietor, Jon Weisman Tweeted, “Farewell, Kathryn Kates, who sold the babka on Seinfeld.”

Kate, who has been part of both Los Angeles and New York theater, made her name in mid 90s TV roles, especially as a counterwoman role in Seinfeld — “The Dinner Party” and “The [Marble] Rye” episodes which were released two years apart.

Other credits on Kathryn Kates’ screen time involve, Judging Amy, Caroline in the City, Matlock, and Lizzie McGuire before eventually landing on to the hits like Law & Order: SVU, Orange Is the New Black, and Shades of Blue (played alongside Jennifer Lopez), for recurring roles.

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Recently, the actress made appearances in projects including, Welcome to Sarajevo (short film) and The Many Saints of Newark as Angie DeCarlo. Moreover, the deceased actress had completed a project shooting with the title, Maybe There’s a Tree.

After her death on Saturday, a video got posted on her Instagram profile Sunday which saw the actress performing a sonnet. The caption of the clip read, “Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.”

“When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush, Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die,” continued the moving caption alongside the clip.

 “Keep me alive in your beautiful hearts with unforgettable memories. Teach others what you’ve learned from me and I will live in forever.” Kates is survived by her brother Joshua and sister, Mallory.