David Oren Ward

Actor David Oren Ward, who worked in independent films and TV shows, was stabbed to death early Friday during a traffic incident in West Hollywood. He was 27.

According to the L.A. Sheriff’s Dept., a dispute between occupants of two vehicles sparked the stabbing. Three men in one vehicle, including Ward, drove to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Ward died at the hospital. A person in the other vehicle was subsequently injured in a traffic collision a short time later, according to the sheriff’s report. Investigation into the first altercation is continuing, the department said.

Ward was born in D.C. and lived in Florida before making L.A. his home. Some of his indie credits include “Pariah,” “Yellow Wedding,” “Witchhouse,” “The Killer Eye,” “My First Name Spelled Backwards” and “Children’s Cry.” He also appeared in the United Artists film “The Birdcage.” TV credits include USA’s “Pacific Blue” and the NBC series “Wind on Water.” Ward also worked in numerous commercials.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ward’s name may be sent to AIDS Project Los Angeles, 1313 N. Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

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