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"Home Alone" Dad John Heard Found Dead, Reportedly At A Hotel

John Heard Found Dead In Hotel Room
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Jul. 22 2017, Updated 3:33 p.m. ET

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Getting your Trinity Audio player ready... has confirmed that actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in Home Alone, has died.

The Medical Examiner's office in Palo Alto, California, told, "John Heard, age 71, a resident of Studio City, California, died in Palo Alto." The official said he was not at liberty to reveal any other details at this time.

Palo Alto police said, "We don't have any information."

While the medical examiner's spokesman reported him as 71 when he died, other reports said Heard was 72.

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According to another report, as Page Six noted, Heard's death was shocking as he was discovered dead in a hotel by the maid service, family sources said.

Police were allegedly called to the hotel for a report of a medical emergency, but Heard was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to reports, the coroner is investigating, and the cause of Heard's death is not known at this time.

However, his rep has said that Heard had "minor back surgery" Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center, and he had checked into at a nearby hotel while he recovered.


In addition to appearing in Home Alone, Heard starred in the movies Chilly Scenes of Winter, Beaches, Big, Gladiator, and Pelican Brief and was in the cult TV movie hit Sharknado.

Heard was married three times, including to troubled Superman actress Margot Kidder from 1979 to 1980. The actor was divorced from his last wife in 2010.

Reps for Heard haven't yet commented on his death.

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