The Town of Huntsville has lost a local celebrity to cancer.

James Carroll, former lead character of the CBC series Wind at My Back passed away last night at the age of 60 after losing his battle with lung cancer. Carroll moved to Huntsville after the fifth season of the Canadian television series and became the manager of the Empire Hotel before it burnt down in 2009.

Carroll was heavily involved with theatrical arts in the Huntsville community.

The community rose close to $22,000 through an online fundraiser to help support his family.