George Clooney: My Cousin Miguel Ferrer 'Made the World Brighter and Funnier'

George Clooney and Miguel Ferrer
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Miguel Ferrer & George Clooney during An Evening To Remember Rosemary Clooney at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States.

George Clooney is speaking out following the death of his cousin, NCIS: Los Angeles actor Miguel Ferrer.

"Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer. But not lost to his family," Clooney said in a statement. “Miguel made the world brighter and funnier, and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will.”

Ferrer passed away Thursday at the age of 61. He was best known for his roles in the movie RoboCop and on TV shows Crossing Jordan, NCIS: Los Angeles and Twin Peaks. Ferrer was set to be a part of the reunited cast for David Lynch’s Twin Peaks reboot on Showtime. His character, FBI pathologist Albert Rosenfield, will still appear in the series, as Ferrer had already shot his scenes. The show premieres in May.

Tributes to Ferrer poured in via social media, many from his former co-stars.

With all the fake in Hollywood, Miggy was the realist thing I ever knew. Big voice and bigger heart. You always knew where you stood and his honesty was wonderfully refreshing and often hilarious. I learned more from Migs about Hollywood and acting and the realities of this biz than anyone in this town. I'll never forget the late night shoot where we couldn't stop laughing... must have driven the director (and poor crew) nuts, but he would just look at me with that rakish glint in his eye and we'd crack up. It was an honor to know you mate. My love to you on your journey and my heart goes out to your children. Peace and love

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Ferrer was the eldest son of Academy Award-winning actor José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney. He is survived by his wife, Lori, and two sons.

- Jeff Pfeiffer contributed to this report