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OTRC: Robin Sachs dies, played Ethan on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

Robin Sachs appears in a 1998 episode of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer. (Mutant Enemy / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

Robin Sachs, who played sorcerer and villain Ethan Rayne, frenemy of Rupert Giles, in the 1990s series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," has died, according to reports posted on February 5 -- his 62nd birthday.

News about his death was posted on his official website and by BBC News, which said Sachs died at age 61 before his birthday. The exact date and the cause were not disclosed.

"This is a post we never thought we would have to write," the website message said. "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs. Please join us in raising a glass to Robin -- goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much."

His rep would not reveal details about Sach's death, telling OTRC.com: "Sadly, all I can tell you is that he was in good health. It was sudden and unexpected. We are deeply saddened and will miss him terribly. There will be a memorial for him in Santa Monica on Saturday."

Sachs lived in Los Angeles in his later years. On February 6, his Facebook page featured a message from a woman urging people to help rescue three pet pit bulls he left behind.

"Hi everyone, Robin's dogs need a new home," it said. "Please, if you can help, contact the email address in this post. They are in a shelter until March 1. These sweet pitties need a home (hopefully together)ASAP. They are in Los Angeles and their owner died suddenly. They are in a shelter and have until March 1st."

"Please help these beautiful dogs?" the message added. "I will have more details (names, ages etc soon). I can assure you that their owner was a gentleman, very witty."

In its report, BBC News quoted his ex-wife Casey Defranco as saying that Sachs was "a wonderful person, extraordinarily talented as an actor."

Sachs starred in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" between 1997 and 2000, making his debut in a season 2 episode titled "Halloween," in which he revealed that Gilles, Buffy's mentor, was once known as "Ripper." Sachs also played Na'Tok on the sci-fi series "Babylon 5" between 1994 and 1998 and guest starred on a 2001 episode of "Star Trek: Voyager."

The actor also starred in the movies "Jurassic Park: The Lost World," "Galaxy Quest" and the 2001 crime blockbuster "Ocean's Eleven." Last year, he appeared on the shows CBS' "NCIS" and ABC's "Castle" and voiced characters in the video games "Resident Evil: Damnation" and "Mass Effect 3."

Armin Shimerman, who played a high school principal on "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and is also known for his role as Quark on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," learned about and commented on Sachs' death on Twitter.

"It is with great pain&shock,Kitty & I mourn the loss of our friend Robin Sachs. All who knew him,knew how special Robin was.Love to Casey," he said.

He also Tweeted a message to former "Buffy" co-executive producer Jane Espenson: "I saw it first on your twitter.Shock and Sorrow.I will miss him. We became friends after the show. Very wry. Very talented. AS."

The official "Star Trek" website also featured a tribute to Sachs.

"Sachs reportedly passed away on Feb. 1," the post said. "Today, Feb. 5, would have been his 62nd birthday. StarTrek.com sends our condolences to Sachs' family, friends and fans."

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