Actor David Emge, Renowned as ‘Flyboy,’ Passes Away, Leaving a Legacy in Horror Cinema

Actor David Emge, Renowned as ‘Flyboy,’ Passes Away, Leaving a Legacy in Horror Cinema

David Emge, ‘Flyboy’ of Dawn of the Dead, Passes Away: Fans Mourn the Loss

News of the passing of acclaimed actor David Emge, fondly known as ‘Flyboy’ by fans of the cult classic Dawn of the Dead, has left admirers worldwide in mourning.

The veteran actor, whose career was indelibly marked by his iconic role in George A. Romero’s film, breathed his last at the Health Campus, where his family expressed gratitude for the compassionate care he received.

Remembering the Legacy: Flyboy’s Impact on Horror Cinema

While David Emge had notable roles in films like “Basket Case 2” and “Hellmaster,” it is his portrayal of helicopter pilot Stephen ‘Flyboy’ Andrews that stands out as his cinematic legacy.

Affectionately called ‘Flyboy’ by Dawn of the Dead enthusiasts, Emge’s contribution to the horror genre is irreplaceable.

From Evansville to Vietnam: David Emge’s Journey

Born in Evansville, David Emge’s journey into the world of drama began at the University of Evansville, where he was also drafted into the U.S. Army.

His role as ‘Flyboy’ catapulted him into the realm of horror cinema, earning him recognition and a dedicated fan base.

A Final Farewell: Mass of Christian Burial and Memorial Details

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial to follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Friends and well-wishers can pay their respects at Sacred Heart Church before the service.

Gratitude to West River Health Campus: A Special Thank You

David Emge’s family extends heartfelt appreciation to the staff of West River Health Campus, particularly Miranda, for their compassionate and considerate care during his final days.

In Lieu of Flowers: Memorial Contributions to Mater Dei High School

In honor of David Emge, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Mater Dei High School, reflecting his commitment to education and community support.

Emge’s journey included a stint as ‘Flyboy’ while working as a chef in New York alongside future co-star Scott H Reiniger.

Survived by Family: Sue Berry, Kathleen Wittgen, Barbara Rexing, and More

The late actor, a Vietnam veteran, is survived by his three sisters, Sue Berry, Kathleen Wittgen, and Barbara Rexing, along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

His impact on the horror genre and the hearts of those who admired him will be cherished and remembered.

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