Kevin Clark, who played young drummer Freddy Jones on “School of Rock,” died Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times and several other local media reported. He was 32 years old.
Clark was riding his bike early Wednesday in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood when a driver of a Hyundai Sonata hit him around 1:20 a.m., local police said. Paramedics took him to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Chicago Fire Department told the Sun-Times.
The 20-year-old woman who hit Clark with her car was not arrested but received citations, police said.
The musician’s only acting credit was in “School of Rock” with Jack Black. Growing up in Highland Park, Illinois, Clark learned to play the drums at a young age, which helped him land the role of Freddy “Spazzy McGee” Jones at age 12. Freddy cemented the percussion section of substitute teacher Dewey Finn’s group in the film directed by Richard Linklater. Black took to Instagram to remember Clark.
“Devastating news,” he wrote on Instagram. “Kevin is gone. Much too soon. Beautiful soul. So many good memories. Sorry. Sending love to his family and the whole school of rock community.
In November 2018, Black and Clark reunited at a Tenacious D show in Chicago, where Clark gifted Black a Dreadwolf shirt – custom clothing from Clark’s band. Although Clark did not continue to perform, music was a part of the rest of his life. In addition to working as a team leader at a local Starbucks, Clark had also performed in Funk It Let’s Jam bands and, more recently, Robbie Gold.
Clark is survived by his mother and sister.