Monday 18 November 2019

Home Alone and Gladiator actor John Heard has died, aged 72

American actor John Heard has died aged 72
American actor John Heard has died aged 72

Clark Mindock

John Heard, the Hollywood actor best known for roles in "Home Alone" and "Gladiator", has died at 72.

His cause of death was not immediately known.

Mr Heard's body was found in a Palo Alto, California, hotel by maid services. He had reportedly been staying at the hotel after "minor back surgery" this week.

Police were reportedly called to the scene, but Mr Heard was pronounced dead on the scene.

"I can confirm that our officers responded with the Fire Department to a hotel in our city yesterday on a report of a person in need of medical aid,” a police spokesperson, who indicated a man matching Mr Heard's description was found, told People Magazine.

“The person was determined to be deceased. While still under investigation, the death is not considered suspicious at this time.”

In addition to Home Alone and Gladiator, Mr Heard had appeared in numerous other films and television series.

That includes TV appearances in The Sopranos, and Miami Vice. He was also in the movies "Beaches", "Pelican Brief", and the first "Sharknado" movie.

For his role in The Sopranos, Mr Heard was nominated for an Emmy in 1999.

The coroner is investigating the cause of his death.

Mr Heard had three children.

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