Palillo's longtime partner Joseph Gramm found him early Tuesday, and the actor was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“He was the greatest guy,” G-Star Academy founder and CEO Greg Hauptner told the Palm Beach Post, "He could have come in with an ego and he didn’t. He was appreciative of working with the kids, and the kids love him.”
Palillo's friend Stacy Sacco said the actor “just couldn’t have been more fun and intelligent or talented.
"He was an amazing human being,” Sacco told the paper. "He was a shining star.”
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