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Airwolf Star Jan-Michael Vincent Is Dead

The '80s star died in February of cardiac arrest at the age of 73
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2019 1:16 PM CST
RIP, Jan-Michael.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Just days after the untimely death of Luke Perry comes news that another iconic heartthrob is gone. TMZ reports on the death of actor Jan-Michael Vincent, known best for his starring turn in the '80s show Airwolf, though the 73-year-old actually passed away last month, per his death certificate. The filing notes that Vincent died of cardiac arrest and bradycardia in a North Carolina hospital. Sources tell TMZ he was cremated and that there was no autopsy.

Us Weekly details how Vincent got into acting in the late '60s, shortly after getting out of the National Guard in California. He appeared in a long string of TV shows and movies, including Lassie and Bonanza, though his performance as Stringfellow "String" Hawke on Airwolf was his most famous role. Vincent struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for many years, which TMZ notes was partly responsible for cutting short Airwolf's run after just a few seasons. His last listed role was in the 2002 movie White Boy. Vincent is survived by his third wife, Patricia Ann Vincent, and a daughter, Amber Vincent. (Read more obituary stories.)

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