So sad to hear!
John Heard, who starred in several major, iconic 80s and 90s movies including Home Alone, died on Friday in Palo Alto, California, according to media reports out this morning. He was 71 years old.
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Heard was apparently found dead in a hotel by the maid service -- police were called to the scene but he was already dead when they arrived. At this time, there is no clear cause of death.
Of note, Heard had a reportedly "minor back surgery" on Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center, and had been staying in the hotel while he recovered all week.
The longtime actor played the dad, Peter McCallister, in both Home Alone movies made famous by Macaulay Culkin, though John played quite a bit of other characters in his lifetime too: movie roles in Big, Beaches, Gladiator, and Pelican Brief, and TV appearances in Miami Vice, The Sopranos, and even the first Sharknado, among many other roles.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and loved ones right now.
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