Ukrainian star actor and TV host Pasha Lee has died while defending his country from Russian troops.

According to the President of Ukraine’s National Union of Journalists, Lee died from shelling in Irpen while defending his country.

Prior to his tragic death, the actor who had reportedly joined the Territorial Defence Forces last week had kept his fans updated via Instagram with photos of himself in army regalia and comments about unifying to fight the invasion.

In one of his posts, he wrote: “For the last 48 hours there is an opportunity to sit down and take a picture of how we are being bombed, and we are smiling because we will manage and everything will be Ukraine we are working!!”

The actor who was born on July 10, 1998, in Ukraine rose to the limelight after starring in the comedy ‘Meeting of Classmates’. He was also popular for dubbing Hollywood films including ‘The Hobbit,The Lion King’ and ‘Malibu Rescuers’.

So far, 14,000 people have died following the ongoing war with casualties including foreigners, Ukrainians, and Russians. The invasion which has been globally condemned began on February 24.

Story: Hilda Katu