It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that everyone’s favourite Drill Sergeant R. Lee Ermey has passed away at the age of 74 years old following complications of pneumonia.
Ermey was a Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, – a role he later adapted for the tv show Space: Above and Beyond.
The sad news was broken via his official twitter account by his longtime manager, Bill Rogin:
Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:
It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb
— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018