Ryan Reynolds pays tribute to Deadpool 3 production designer after death

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Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Feige have paid tribute to Ray Chan, an art director and production designer who worked on the upcoming Deadpool & Wolverine and multiple MCU films, including Avengers: Endgame.

Reynolds announced that Chan had passed away in the last week, sharing a touching tribute to him on social media.

"RIP Ray Chan. Words are pretty inadequate in comparison to this loss," he wrote on Twitter/X.

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"There's an incomparable reservoir of skill, tender grit and talent no longer with us. As Production Designer, he was as important a creative force on Deadpool & Wolverine as the writers, director and stars.

"I don't pretend to know every chapter of Ray's heart, but I know it's unusual to encounter someone with that level of artistry, who simultaneously moved through the world with such an indelible humanity. He built entire worlds from scratch - and did so in the most collaborative and inclusive ways. Ray was peerless. And just awesome to be around.

"He'll be missed by everyone — but especially, by the people inhabiting his most important world: his family. The last time I saw Ray was exactly two weeks ago. One of last things I said to him was that he makes magic and there's nobody on earth like him. Generally, he and I gave each other a lot of good natured shit. So... of all the final things you could say to someone you adore, that's a little scrap of consolation I'll hang onto forever."

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Feige and fellow Marvel Studios boss Louis D'Esposito also shared a statement (via Deadline), that read: "Ray was first and foremost a good friend to everyone at Marvel Studios.

"He was a talented collaborator who brought creativity and attention to detail to every frame of every movie he worked on, and who was able to bring out the best in each department he worked with.

"He was the nicest human being and was such a pleasure to work with, hugely generous, and the kind of person who could take the seed of an idea and turn it into something beautiful. We are devastated by his passing. He will be missed by everyone at Marvel, and our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends."

Deadpool & Wolverine will be released in cinemas on July 26.

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