How Did Ricou Browning Die? Wife, Cause Of Death Revealed

Ricou Browning Cause Of Death

Ricou Browning, best known for his role as Gill-Man in the 1954 film Creature from the Black Lagoon, died of natural causes earlier this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kim Browning, the actor’s daughter, confirmed his death to THR.

She wrote: “He had a fabulous career in the film industry, providing wonderful entertainment for past and future generations,”

Who was Ricou Browning?

Ricou Browning was a film director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer, and stuntman from the United States. Browning was born on February 16, 1930, in Fort Pierce, Florida. At Florida State University, he majored in physical education.

Browning began his career in water shows before moving on to produce shows. In the 1940s, Browning worked at Wakulla Springs and learned to act in underwater newsreels created by Newt Perry, who later took Browning with him when he opened Weeki Wachee Springs. Browning was elected president of the newly formed Florida Motion Picture & Television Association in 1968. Film Florida presented him with its first Florida Legends Award in 2006.


Fran Browning is the wife of Ricou Browning. Fran died in March 2020. According to THR, Browning is survived by four children: Ricou Browning Jr., Renee, Kelly, and Kim, as well as ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

How Did Ricou Browning Die?

Browning died on February 27, 2023, at the age of 93, at his home in Southwest Ranches, Florida. His death was confirmed by his daughter.


Jean-Michel Connard wrote:

Sad to hear of the passing of Hollywood legend Ricou Browning, whose career spanned some 4 decades. Browning was most famous for his portrayal of the Creature From The Black Lagoon, in a suit made of molded sponge rubber with a fully articulated set of genitals.

Monster Movie Happy Hour wrote:

Ricou Browning, the last of the original actors to portray one of the Universal Monsters has died. He portrayed the “Gillman” in underwater scenes in “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, & sequels “Revenge of the Creature” & “The Creature Walks Among Us” #RIPRicouBrowning #RIP

Svengoolie wrote:

Very sad to learn of the passing of Ricou Browning- the Gill Man and a talented part of many productions.

Dementia Von Grimm wrote:

Sad news

R.I.P Ricou Browning, best known as the Gillman in Universal’s iconic “Creature From The Black Lagoon” and “Revenge Of The Creature”.

Ricou was the last living actor to have played one of the legendary Universal Monsters.

Alan K. Rode (pronounced ROE-DEE) wrote:

The last of the classic Universal Monsters has left the building. Ricou Browning who portrayed the genuine underwater swimming Gill Man has passed away at 93. A super nice gentleman who was a fixture at horror conventions for decades. R.I.P.

Walter Chaw wrote:

RIP Ricou Browning. the man inside Milicent Patrick’s magnificent design for THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. He was 93 and the last surviving of the original Universal Monsters.

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