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NEW YORK — It’s a sad time for the cast and crew of “House of Cards.”

Elizabeth Norment, best known for her role as loyal secretary to Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood in the popular political drama Netflix series, has passed away.

A fan favorite and an even bigger fan to her colleagues, Norment’s passing has undoubtedly left her TV family grieving.

“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon expressed great sorrow on behalf of the show, telling CNN, “Everyone at ‘House of Cards’ is deeply saddened by Elizabeth’s passing. She was a talented actress, a warm soul, and a good friend to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.”

Kevin Spacey took to Twitter to mourn his co-star’s passing. “RIP Elizabeth Norment. We all loved her and she leaves a void in all of us here at HoC’s.”

Even the show’s production company, Media Rights Capital, has publicly reacted to Norment’s death. In a statement to CNN, the company sent well-wishes to all those affected. “Elizabeth Norment was a talented actress with a beautiful spirit who touched the entire ‘House of Cards’ family. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”

Throughout her career, Norment frequented a wide range of roles. In 2008, she starred as Judge Arlene Brewer on “Law & Order.” She also appeared in “ER,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Party of Five” and “Blue Bloods,” as well as playing Eunice Kennedy in the TV miniseries “Robert Kennedy and His Times.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Norment’s sister Kate confirmed her passing on October 13 at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. Norment’s obituary published in The Washington Post attributed the cause of her death to cancer. She was 61 years old.

Norment is survived by many of her family members, including her mother.