Canadian veteran actor and comedian Paul O'Sullivan has died in a car crash near his home outside Peterborough, Ont.

O'Sullivan's family says the 48-year-old — a well-known presence on the Canadian stage —died Friday.

A longtime performer with the Second City improv troupe, O'Sullivan also appeared on the small screen in shows such as Little Mosque on the Prairie, An American in Canada and Murdoch Mysteries.

His partner, the actor Linda Kash, is currently performing in Lost In Yonkers at Toronto's Jane Mallett theatre.

The show has been put on hold until Wednesday in the wake of his death.

Police say Friday's crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. local time after a vehicle left the road, crossed the shoulder and struck a parked flatbed pickup.