The Times of Israel reported that Meir, along with four other Israeli soldiers, died after finding a booby-trapped tunnel next to a mosque in northern Gaza on November 11. Meir was 38 years old.
“We are absolutely devastated to share that one of our Fauda family members, Matan Meir, was killed in combat in Gaza,” Fauda’s team posted on Instagram. “Matan was an integral part of the team during Fauda’s 4 seasons. The entire cast and crew are completely heartbroken by this tragic loss. We would like to express our deepest condolences to Matan’s family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.”
“Fauda” star and co-creator Lior Raz also shared the message, adding, “I loved you, Matan. Thanks for everything.”
Showrunner Avi Issacharoff also paid tribute on social media, saying, “May his memory be a blessing.”
“Fauda,” which first premiered in 2014, chronicles the ups and downs of Doron (played by Raz), a commander in the Israel Defense Forces’ counterterrorism unit. The first season’s plot saw Doron pursue a Hamas agent called “The Panther.” The program is based on Raz and Issacharoff’s own experiences serving in the IDF.
In addition to four seasons of “Fauda,” Meir had worked on shows including Israeli crime dramas “Magpie” and “The Cops.”
The other soldiers killed alongside Meir were Moshe Yedidyah Leiter, Yossi Hershkovitz, Sergey Shmerkin and Netanel Harush.
The recent conflict between Hamas and Israel began on October 7 when the terrorist group broke a ceasefire, killing more than 1,400 civilians on the Israel-Gaza border and taking another 240 hostage. The hostages, including a 10-month-old baby, children and the elderly, have been held captive in Gaza for more than five weeks.