John Heard died after suffering a heart attack brought on by heart disease, TMZreports.
The Santa Clara County coroner’s office affirmed to the outlet on Tuesday, August 15, that the Home Alone performing artist endured a “sudden cardiovascular demise because of atherosclerotic and hypertensive coronary illness.”
Heard was discovered dead at 71 years old in a lodging room in Palo Alto, California, on July 21. He had experienced minor back surgery at Stanford Medical Center only two days before his passing and was recouping at the lodging. Nonetheless, authorities told TMZ on Tuesday that the operation “did not assume a part in his demise.”
The Washington, D.C., native was best known for his beloved role as patriarch Peter McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 1999 for his five-episode role as Detective Vin Makazian on The Sopranos.
Big, Heart Beat, Beaches, The Pelican Brief and Awakenings were among the many other projects that Heard starred in during his four-decade career.
Heard’s Home Alone costar and longtime friend Daniel Stern paid tribute to the late actor in an emotional letter shared on Twitter in July. “Nothing was more intense than John’s performance in life,” Stern, 59, wrote. “He lived it hard, fast and fearlessly. He was a romantic and a raconteur. He was as loyal and generous as they come. He was a friend and a brother and a legend in his time. RIP John.”1 of 1