His death was announced on a GoFundMe page that had been set up by friends to raise money for Turk’s medical treatment and two support his family (wife Emily Wu and an 8-year-old son).
Turk’s best known role was Gabriel the strongman on HBO’s Carnivàle. He played the character for the entire run of the 2003-2005 series.
Other series on Turk’s roster of credits include Wings, Two and a Half Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Cybill, Nash Bridges, Boy Meets World and Criminal Minds, American Pie 2 and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. More significant roles include Spike on Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Tiny on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Bo Crowell on General Hospital.