Canadian Actress Samantha Weinstein Dies at 28

Samantha Weinstein, a Canadian actress since childhood who played high school student Heather in the 2013 remake of Carrie, has died. She was 28.

Weinstein died May 14 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto after a battle with ovarian cancer. James Crammond, her agent at Noble Caplan Abrams in Toronto, said Weinstein worked up until May 4, doing an animation voice session.

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“A trouper to the end. We all miss her terribly,” Crammond told The Hollywood Reporter.

A photo was posted on Weinstein’s Instagram page with the caption: “After two and a half years of cancer treatment, and a lifetime of jet-setting around the world, voicing a plethora of cartoon animals, making music, and knowing more about life than most people ever will, she is off on her next adventure.”

Born in Toronto on March 20, 1995, Weinstein had a breakout role playing Josephine in Big Girl, which won the best Canadian short film award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005 and earned the 10-year-old actress ACTRA’s best female performance trophy that year.

She also played Brooke in the indie drama Reign and a younger Hagar in the adaptation of Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel novel from director Kari Skogland. The film also starred Ellen Burstyn and Dylan Baker.

Weinstein’s TV credits included guest roles on Being Erica, Less Than Kind, Copper and Darknet, from director Vincenzo Natali. She also did extensive voice work, including for animated series.

And Weinstein made a name as the lead singer-songwriter and lead guitarist for the Toronto garage rock band Killer Virgins.

Survivors include her sister, Sabrina, husband Michael Knutson and parents David and Jojo Weinstein.

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