William Friend, the husband of One Tree Hill actor Bevin Prince, died Sunday in North Carolina after a lightning strike.

Friend was struck while he was close to Masonboro Island

After the accident, paramedics tried for 20 minutes to revive him

The Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office sent marine units to the site.

From 2003 until 2012, Prince made an appearance in "One Tree Hill" episodes.

Friend,  CEO of  digital media company Bisnow, was only 33 years old.

According to the National Lightning Safety Council, his death is the third lightning-related mortality in the United States this year.

In 2016, Bavin and Friend wed and opened a neighbourhood fitness studio in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

In 2016, Bavin and Friend wed and opened a neighbourhood fitness studio in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Actress Odette Annable, a close friend of Prince, posted a tribute to Friend on Instagram on Wednesday.

Prince posted on Instagram, "You make life beautiful, my love, and I am so proud of the life we have built together."