'Chicago P.D.' Alum Jesse Lee Soffer Gives Tribute to ‘Artist and Friend’ Elias Koteas

Updated On 11 May, 2018 Published On

The stars of the Chicago P.D. are as upset as fans are over the shocking season 5 finale. Following a stabbing scene of Elias Koteas, who portrays Alvin Olinskly in the show, in prison, died in the hospital, leaving everyone in shock.

Here's the shocking moment of the scene shared by Chicago P.D.'s official Twitter account. Check it out.

Following the disheartening episode, Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Jay Halstead in the NBC drama, share a photo with Elias via Instagram on Thursday, May 10 to give his friend tribute.

34-year-old Jesse captioned the post,

Can’t believe it’s been five years working with @eliaskoteas. What an honor. You’re an artist and a friend,

Take a look.

Tracy Spiradakos, who appeared on the show as Hailey Upton, also posted a couple of photos of Elias, simply featuring hearts in the post.

Check it out.



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The shocking death, which surprised both the cast and fans, was actually made last-minute.

Showrunner Rick Eid told media that it was "strictly a creative decision to move along the story line."

Rick said,

It was a hard decision because we all really liked it creatively – it just felt like there was honesty to the story telling that we all got excited about – then came the practical reality of ‘Wait, he’s one of our favorite characters and one of our favorite actors and favorite people in real life. All that stuff was just really hard. I think we finally all got on the same page and said, ‘Wow we’re really gonna do this,’ probably a week before we started shooting that episode. It was truly just one of those things that just evolved from storytelling and at the end of 20 ‘What If’s,’ everybody kept coming back to this idea of how this would impact Voight.