Brenda Deiss dies at age 60: Red Rocket breakout star passes away after stroke in January

Brenda Deiss dies at age 60: Red Rocket breakout star passes away in Texas after suffering a stroke a month ago as her director says she was ‘full of heart’

  • The performer died in her home state of Texas on Monday, it was shared
  • The actress, 60, had previously suffered a stroke this past January
  • Her only role in a major film was as Lil in Red Rocket, released last year
  • The late performer is survived by her daughter Destani










Brenda Deiss, who starred in a breakout role in the 2021 indie drama feature Red Rocket, has died at the age of 60.

The performer, whose only film role was as Lil in the well-received feature, passed away on Sunday after dealing with complications from a stroke that occurred this past January, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The news about the actress’ passing was commented on by several of her former castmates and coworkers, including the film’s director Sean Baker, who shared a statement regarding the loss on his Twitter account.

Dearly departed: Brenda Deiss, who starred in a breakout role in the recently-released indie drama feature Red Rocket, has died at the age of 60

Dearly departed: Brenda Deiss, who starred in a breakout role in the recently-released indie drama feature Red Rocket, has died at the age of 60

The filmmaker began his message by writing: ‘I have some very sad news to report. Brenda Deiss, who played Lil in Red Rocket, passed away on Monday after suffering a stroke.’

Baker, 50, then wrote that he had unexpectedly met the late performer and was immediately transfixed by her magnetic personality.

‘I remember every detail of the moment Brenda and I met. It was a chance meeting in her hometown of Texas City, TX. Her incredible energy and carefree spirit made an indelible impression on me,’ he recalled.

He added that their encounter ‘led to us working together but more importantly getting to know an incredible woman who was full of heart, wonder and love.’

Making his thoughts known: The news about the unexpected actress' passing was commented on by several of her former castmates and coworkers, including the film's director Sean Baker, who shared a statement regarding the loss on his Twitter account

Making his thoughts known: The news about the unexpected actress’ passing was commented on by several of her former castmates and coworkers, including the film’s director Sean Baker, who shared a statement regarding the loss on his Twitter account

Baker went on to express that the film’s cast and crew members were graced by Deiss’ presence and were grateful for her affable personality.

‘In the short time we spent together, she created with us, laughed with us and shared her stories with us, some of them heartbreaking and others insightful and fascinating,’ he recalled.

The filmmaker concluded his message by writing that he was happy to have known Deiss near the end of his life.

‘We all have people in our lives that change it for the better and Brenda was one of those people for me. I will miss her dearly,’ he wrote.

Grateful: The filmmaker concluded his message by writing that he was happy to have known Deiss near the end of his life

Grateful: The filmmaker concluded his message by writing that he was happy to have known Deiss near the end of his life

Bree Elrod, who played Deiss’ on-screen daughter in the feature, also issued a statement where she expressed her gratitude for the late actress’ friendship.

‘We shared a lot of memorable moments together on and off screen. l will never forget her laugh, the stories she so generously shared, and the many conversations we had about all aspects of life,’ she wrote.

She added that Deiss’ holds a very special place in my heart. I will miss her very much.’

Sharing her feelings: Bree Elrod, who played Deiss' on-screen daughter in the feature, also issued a statement where she expressed her gratitude for the late actress' friendship

Sharing her feelings: Bree Elrod, who played Deiss’ on-screen daughter in the feature, also issued a statement where she expressed her gratitude for the late actress’ friendship

The late actress was born in Texas on Sept. 9, 1961, just days before Hurricane Carla devastated the state’s coastal area.

She went on to spend her entire life in Texas and worked alternatively as a caregiver and as a secretary at NASA.

The performer is survived by her daughter Destani Deiss, and those seeking to make donations in her name are encouraged to send them to the Christus Our Daily Bread homeless shelter in Galveston.

Missed: The performer is survived by her daughter Destani Deiss, and those seeking to make donations in her name are encouraged to send them to the Christus Our Daily Bread homeless shelter in Galveston

Missed: The performer is survived by her daughter Destani Deiss, and those seeking to make donations in her name are encouraged to send them to the Christus Our Daily Bread homeless shelter in Galveston

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