French actor Adama Niane who starred in the popular Netflix series Lupin, died aged 56.

The actor was best known for his role as assassin Leonard Kone in the Netflix show and the films Get In and Baise-Moi.

The cause of his death has not yet been confirmed.

Actor Omar Sy who co-starred with Niane in Lupin shared a message on Twitter following the news of his death.

He wrote: “I extend my deep condolences to the loved ones of Adama Niane, an immense actor alongside whom I had the chance and the pleasure of playing.

“A man of rare benevolence… May his soul rest in peace.”

Film director Olivier Abbou shared the news of the actor’s passing on social media describing him as a “hero.”

He posted: “It is with immense sadness that I learned of the passing of Adam Niane, with whom I had the pleasure of working on the 2 seasons of Maroni and Fury.

“We haven’t left each other for 4 years, sharing intense human and artistic adventures at the end of the world, Guyana, St Pierre and Miquelon and even Lille.

“He was engaged, lit, whole, talented, powerful. He was my hero, a friend, and an accomplice. Go in peace.”

Niane was born in Paris in 1966.

His last work was the role of Yannick Lantry in the 2022 TV mini-series L’lle aux 30 Cercueils (The Island of 30 Coffins).

He had also worked on Alex Hugo (2021), Maroni (2018-2021), Sam (2019-2021), Inhuman Resources (2020), Prise au piège (2019), Troubled Waters (2019) and La Mante (2017).

And he has played roles in the films Felicità (2020), The Bare Necessity (2019), Gang of the Caribbean (2016), SK1 (2014) and Baise-moi (2000).