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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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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

I saw him in an interview not too long ago. Nice guy. RIP

770 days ago
107.

Duke5135    

Rest in peace!! U will be missed.

770 days ago
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sunnyroberto    

Great video on Youtube from the VMA's a few years back with Horshak as VIncent Vega and Fred Washington as Jules doing a spoof from "Pulp Fiction". Check it out.

770 days ago
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Tracker    

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MadCharles    

It was a pleasure riding the train with you Ron for all those years. Westfield to NYC. We had some great talks. We knew some of the same people at Paramount and shared talk. RIP bro.

770 days ago
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trish    

Mr. Palillo, Horshack, you made my childhood a little funnier. Travolta had nothing on you in the humor department! Rest in Peace

770 days ago
112.

sakiqueen    

So sad too hear that.he was a very funny man our heart's go out too the family &friends

770 days ago
113.

Chedmo    

Rest in peace Horeshack

770 days ago
114.

major    

"horshack is an ld and honorable name. it means the cattle are dying."

i wonder if epstein greeted him with a note from his mother so they can enter heaven?

rest in peace and god speed mr. palillo. comfort to your family and loved ones!

769 days ago
115.

edogg    

ooh ooh ooh not my boy horse****

769 days ago
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XDrinker    

He liked to smoke and drink...wonder if his family history included heart disease. I also wonder if he got regular physcials and/or a stress test. Damn cigarettes...everytime you smoke, your blood vessels become irritated and inflamed. The healing process results in plaque buildup.

2012 is a bad year for baby boomer celebs...Davy Jones, Ron Pallilo, Whitney...who will it be next-David Cassidy?

765 days ago
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nonnie22    

this guy had the sweetest smile. I expect he's smiling now in his 'better place'. Enjoy your rest, Mr. Palillo

765 days ago
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