NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC. (THECOUNT) — William Friend has been identified as the man killed last weekend after reportedly being struck by lightning in New Hanover County, North Carolina.

Friend, 33, the husband of “One Tree Hill” star, Bevin Prince, and CEO of digital media company “Bisnow,” died in a lightning strike near Masonboro Island.


Friend was near Masonboro Island in North Carolina over the weekend after he was hit by a lightning strike. Arriving deputies performed CPR on Friend for 20 minutes, but the life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.

Friend was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bevin and William married in 2016, the pair owned a fitness business in North Carolina.

Bevin was a regular on “One Tree Hill.”


Geo quick facts: New Hanover County is one of 100 counties located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 202,667. Though the second-smallest county in land area, it is one of the most populous, as its county seat, Wilmington, is one of the state’s largest cities – Wikipedia.