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John Heard, known for playing the father in the “Home Alone” franchise, has died in a Bay Area hotel, according to USA Today.

Heard, who was 71 or 72, was found dead in a hotel room near Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, recently underwent back surgery.

According to USA Today,

“In addition to his role as Peter McAllister in the Home Alone franchise, Heard also starred as a co-worker to Tom Hanks in the 1988 comedy Big and a dirty cop in the first season of HBO’s The Sopranos, for which he earned a guest-acting Emmy nomination in 1999.

Heard’s other credits include films The Milagro Beanfield War and Beaches (both released in 1988) and the John Grisham adaptation The Pelican Brief (1993).  He also starred in the TV adaptation of the author’s 1993 novel The Client and had guest roles in the CSI franchise.” July 22, 2017


The toxicology report has now been released for Heard. Among the drugs in his system; Tramadol, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Xanax, Buprenorphine, Fentanyl and Hydromorphone. Some of these drugs were likely used to counter pain from his back surgery. There was also an attempt to revive Heard with the drug Narcan as well, commonly used for narcotic overdoses.

The Medical Examiner had already stated that he died from a heart attack, triggered by heart disease, but it is unclear if the drugs also played a role. (source) 5:19 p.m. ET January 8, 2018

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