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Ron Palillo Dead at 63

'Welcome Back, Kotter' Star

Dies from Heart Attack

8/14/2012 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ron Palillo -- the actor who played Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter" -- died this morning at his home near Palm Beach, FL from an apparent heart attack ... this according to someone close to the actor.

We're told Palillo was found by his partner of many years Joseph Gramm around 4:00 AM. Gramm called an ambulance and Palillo was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

We're told the heart attack was very unexpected. Palillo was 63.

According to one of Palillo's colleagues at G-Star School of the Arts, Palillo had appeared to be in good health ... but was a heavy smoker. We're told he had been suffering from a bad cough and had even scheduled a doctor's appointment for today.

Palillo was known for calling out, "Ooh ooh ooh, Mr. Kotter" as one of the Sweathogs on the show ... which he appeared on with John Travolta from 1975 to 1979. 



After Kotter, Palillo appeared in "Laverne & Shirley" and voiced a character on the Disney cartoon, "Darkwing Duck."

Palillo's "Kotter" co-star Robert Hegyes -- who played Epstein -- also passed away earlier this year after suffering a heart attack.

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1.

Meanie    

Rest in peace.

769 days ago
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탑 TOP    

hew

769 days ago
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STFUP    

I don't recall Horshack ever calling, "Mt Kotter". Is this a place he's visited or something?
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Do ANY of your authors proof-read, TMZ? I seriously doubt it.
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RIP, Ron.

769 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

The inevitable Travolta rubber hose in his ear became lethal.

769 days ago
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Kabala    

Sad to hear. Not a good year for the Sweathogs - the only two left are Vinnie Barbarino and Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington...

769 days ago
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ThePhoenix    

What a shame.

769 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

OOOOOO Hellloooo! I'm Arnold horrrrrshack! RIP
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Phishie from Philly

769 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Rest in Peace, Mr. Ron. You were a lovely person.

769 days ago
9.

Jay W.     

NOOOOOO... not Horshack.
RIP Ron.

769 days ago
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Delaware D    

Remember when he boxed Screech on FOX's Celebrity Boxing? awww. RIP.

769 days ago
11.

DougDiPlacido    

Sorry to hear of his passing, and at a young age. RIP buddy.

769 days ago
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Majestik    

R.I.P. Ron. Thanks for the most annoying yet laugh inducing catch phrase along with your laugh.

769 days ago
13.

Theresa    

Ooo, Ooo...So sad. We'll miss you. R.I.P. xo

769 days ago
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really! really?    

Horshack was one of the funniest characters on TV, ever! RIP and thank you for making us laugh...

769 days ago
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STFUP    

Try proofreading BEFORE you post, TMZ!
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I posted earlier that you quoted Horshack as saying:
"Ooh ooh ooh, Mt. Kotter" (That's Mt. Kotter - as in 'Mountain' Kotter).
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Now, everyone thinks I'm nuts/blind, becuase you corrected it AFTER I noticed that and pointed it out to you.

769 days ago
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