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"Welcome Back Kotter"

'Epstein' Actor Robert Hegyes

Dead at 60

1/26/2012 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Robert Hegyes DeadActor Robert Hegyes, one of the stars of the 70s sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter" died today of an apparent heart attack.

Hegyes was best known for his role as the Puerto Rican-Jew on that show -- Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein. Epstein for short.

Hegyes reunited with John Travolta and the rest of the Sweathogs last year to accept TV Land's 35th Anniversary Award.

He also co-starred on the hit drama, "Cagney and Lacey."

Hegyes was in his New Jersey home this morning when he suffered the heart attack. He died at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ. He was 60 years old.

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DirtySouth    

Aww. Maaaaan. What a bummer! Sorry to see you go, brother.

819 days ago
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SYLVI212    

Oh No! So sorry to hear this. Welcome Back Kotter was such a part of my childhood. So sad right now....

819 days ago
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His Prince Michael    

My Condolences, and prayers, for the Family, Friends, and Loved-Ones, of Mr. Robert Hegyes.
May The True and Living Yahweh, bless his soul.

819 days ago
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palermo    

Too young, what a shame. Always loved Welcome Back Kotter.

819 days ago
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Dani    

RIP Epstein.

819 days ago
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anon.    

R.I.P.

819 days ago
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M.T.    

So sad...he was young still...:(

819 days ago
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Rebecca    

RIP. I loved watching Welcome Back Kotter reruns when I was little!

819 days ago
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Jay W.     

RIP Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein

819 days ago
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Jay W.     

Great Song .. !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPaed8I3V1A

819 days ago
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Bettsie     

SO SORRY R.I.P EPSTEIN SAD NEWS.

818 days ago
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Laurie    

Very sad. RIP Robert Hegyes.

818 days ago
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Mary    

Watched Kotter as a teen, RIP Robert, my fav sweathog.

818 days ago
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StevenB    

Dear Mr Kotter: Juan will not be able to attend your class any longer as he is now bringing laughter to The Ages.

(Signed) Epstein's Mother

818 days ago
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Gidge9    

RIP..... Signed Epsteins Mom :(

818 days ago
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