Welcome Back Kotter Star Robert Hegyes Dies at 60

Celebrity News Jan. 26, 2012 AT 7:41PM
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Welcome Back Kotter star Robert Hegyes died from an apparent heart attack Thursday morning, The Star-Ledger reports. He was 60.

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The actor's brother Mark explained that he'd suffered a heart attack several years ago and was not in good health. Hegyes was once again experiencing chest pains Thursday morning. A call for medical assistance was placed from Hegyes' home at 9:02 a.m. The actor was then taken to JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.

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By the time he reached the emergency room at 9:40 a.m., Hegyes was in full cardiac arrest and died, hospital spokesman Steven Weiss tells The Star-Ledger.

Hegyes played a Jewish Puerto Rican student opposite John Travolta on Welcome Back Kotter. His other acting credits include Cagney and Lacey NewsRadio, Diagnosis Murder and The Drew Carey Show.

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The actor is survived by three siblings, two children, Cassie and Mack, and two step-children, Sophia and Alex.

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