Juan-Carlos Cruz -- One of the Homeless Guys Died

12/14/2010 6:05 AM PST
TMZ has learned one of the homeless men Juan-Carlos Cruz tried to recruit to kill his wife passed away a few months back.

After Cruz was sentenced on Monday, we decided to track down the three men he tried to hire to kill his wife -- that's when we were told of Big Dave's demise.

Big Dave died back in August after suffering from a brain hemorrhage. One of the other homeless heroes, Shane, tells us Dave had been sick for awhile.

Big Dave was the first of the homeless men to report Cruz to authorities. He met with Cruz several times and was the man who would have theoretically carried out the crime.