George Clooney has honored his cousin Miguel Ferrer who died Thursday morning at the age of 61, with a touching tribute.

“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,” said Clooney in a statement to EW. “But not lost to his family. 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, who starred as Assistant Director Owen Grange on NCIS: Los Angeles for five years, peacefully died at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife Loris, sons Lukas and Rafi, and his brothers and sisters, CBS said in a statement.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Ferrer was the son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney. He began his career in the 1980s and is most well known playing Bob Morton in the 1987 movie RoboCop, Dr. Garret Macy on NBC’s Crossing Jordan, and FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks, a role he reprised for the show’s upcoming Showtime revival.

NCIS: LA showrunner R. Scott Gimmel also released a statement following Ferrer’s passing: “Today, NCIS: Los Angeles lost a beloved family member. Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family. He will be greatly missed.”