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Home Alone actor John Heard's cause of death revealed

The star was found dead at the age of 71 in his hotel room

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Gemma Strong
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The cause of death for actor John Heard has been revealed. The Home Alone star passed away after suffering a heart attack, brought on by heart disease. The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office confirmed to TMZ that John had suffered a "sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease". The 71-year-old was found dead in a hotel room in Palo Alto on 21 July. Just two days earlier, he had undergone minor back surgery, but officials confirmed that the operation "did not play a role in his death".

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Home Alone actor John Heard died after suffering a heart attack

John was best known for his role as patriarch Peter McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. He was later nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his five-episode role as corrupt Detective Vin Makazian on The Sopranos.

Among those remembering John following his death was his Home Alone co-star Daniel Stern, who played 'Wet Bandit' Marv Merchants. "Nothing was more intense than John's performance in life. He lived it hard, fast, and fearlessly. He was a romantic and a raconteur," he tweeted. "He was as loyal and generous as they come. He was a friend and brother and a legend in his time. RIP John."

Other stars to pay tribute included the likes of Elijah Wood and Jeff Bridges, who wrote: "John Heard - what a wonderful actor. We were in the movie Cutter’s Way together & I got to experience his artistry and dedication first hand. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. We miss & love you, John."

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