Actor Hegyes Dies

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January 26, 2012 | 9:00pm EST

Welcome Back, Kotter actor Robert Hegyes has died at the age of 60.
The star suffered an apparent heart attack at his home in New Jersey on Thursday and was transported by ambulance to the nearby JFK Medical Center, where he was subsequently pronounced dead.

Hegyes was well known for his role as wiseguy Juan Epstein in hit sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, which featured Gabe Kaplan and a young John Travolta during the 1970’s.

He also appeared on crime series Cagney & Lacey in the late 1980s and landed small TV roles on CHiPs, L.A. Heat and Diagnosis Murder.