The late actor and TV personality Clarence Gilyard

who loved teaching theatre at UNLV, passed away. He was 66.

Gilyard passed away on Monday afternoon,

according to a news statement from UNLV's College of Fine Arts.

Gilyard had endured a protracted sickness. 

There are no other details at this time.

Since 2006, Gilyard has taught in the UNLV Department of Film. 

He had been a reputable actor, director, and stage performer for more than 30 years by that point.