William Friend, the husband of "One Tree Hill" actress Bevin Prince, was struck by lightning in North Carolina on Sunday.

A friend was 33 when he became the CEO of the digital media company Bisnow.

NBC affiliate WCET of Wilmington reported that Friend was on Masonboro Island when he was struck at 3:15 p.m.

According to the news station, the incident was attended to by marine units from New Hanover County Sheriff's Office as well as Wilmington Police Department.

Officials stated that first responders tried to revive him for about 20 minutes, but he was declared dead by officials.

According to the National Lightning Safety Council (which stated that Friend died while participating in "beach activities", his death is the third lightning fatality in America this year.

According to her IMDb profile, Prince was seen in episodes of "One Tree Hill" between 2003 and 2012.

It feels like you are just beginning. It felt okay because of the life and love you gave my best friend.

"You supported her dreams. You made her feel heard. You loved her with all your heart."

They celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on May 20, 2021.