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Paul John Vasquez, a veteran actor likely best known to television fans for his role on Sons of Anarchy, died of a heart attack on Monday night, according to multiple news outlets.
He was 48 years old.
“This news has come as a surprise to us,” a representative for Vasquez People Magazine, adding somberly:
“Our hearts are heavy. He was a kind, creative and loving man. He will be missed.”
According to TMZ, Vasquez was at his father’s home in San Jose when he suffered the apparent heart attack.
He did found him unconscious and called the paramedics, but they were never able to revive him.
The cause of death has not yet been made official and remains, as of this writing, under investigation.
You very likely recognize Vasquez, even if you weren’t able to immediately place him upon seeing his face.
The actor enjoyed a number of small roles on a number of very populr TV shows, such as Sons of Anarchy, How I Met Your Mother, NYPD Blue and CSI: NY.
He appeared on the FX drama in 2011 for two episodes as the character of Angel Ganz and is actually the second Sons of Anarchy player to have been found dead in recent months.
Back in June, Alan O’Neil – who appeared at various times on the final two seasons of this series – was discovered dead by his girlfriend, although no foul play was suspected
The L.A. County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman previously said that O’Neill, who portrayed Hugh on the critically acclaimed program, died of sequelae of chronic ethanol (alcohol) overconsumption.
Vasquez, meanwhile, was born and raised in San Jose, California.
After graduating college in 1988, he moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue acting as a full-time living.
Prior to his sudden passing, he set to star in the short Thug Alley, as well as Spody Gets His Gunz, two projects which he actually wrote.
The actor was also scheduled to appear in the action thriller Lone Wolf.
Vasquez made his small screen debut the same year in the show Private Eye, contining from then on to establish himself as a character actor over the next few decades.
We send our condolences to his family members, friends and loved ones.
May Paul John Vasquez rest in peace.
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Actor Al Matthews, best known for his memorable role in the film Aliens, has died.
The iconic actor had retired to Spain, which is where he passed away.
He was 75.
75-year-old Al Matthews passed away at his home, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Matthews’ home was located in Orihuela Costa, in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante.
He had retired to Spain in 2005.
Responders found Matthews when a neighbor called emergency services.
An autopsy is expected for the late actor.
Matthews is, of course, best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Apone in James Cameron’s 1986 classic, Aliens.
In the science fiction film, he starred alongside living legend Sigourney Weaver.
He delivered a truly famous line.
“Alright sweethearts, what are you waiting for, breakfast in bed? A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm,” he said on screen.
The quote continues: “Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I love the corps!”
That may have been Matthews’ most famous role, but was far from the only one. In fact, he appeared in over 30 films.
Matthews portrayed a fire chief in Superman III.
He played General Tudor in the cult classic The Fifth Element.
He also enjoyed success in the United Kingdom, where he had a role on the UK series, Grange Hill.
And speaking of his work across the pond, in 1975, his song, “Fool,” reached #16 on the UK Singles chart.
Despite his retirement, Matthews reprised his legendary role as Sgt. Apone in the 2013 video game, Aliens: Colonial Marines.
Perhaps part of what made Matthews’ role in Aliens so iconic and powerful — aside from his acting skills — was that he had been a real life marine in Vietnam.
“I spent six years in the United States Marine Corps;” Matthews shared on his personal website. “I hold thirteen combat awards and decorations, including two purple hearts.”
He reveals: “I was the first black Marine in the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam to be meritoriously promoted to the rank of sergeant.”
That is one hell of an achievement.
His website blurb concludes: “I served with Kilo Battery, Fourth Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, of that I am very proud.”
Rest in peace, Al Matthews.
About five weeks ago, we quoted a report that claimed Matthew Perry was on death’s door.
It may have seemed like hyperbole to some, but the former Friends star has now come out and confirmed the following:
He was REALLY sick for a long period of time.
On Friday, the 49-year-old actor tweeted a few simple, albeit scary, words:
Three months in a hospital bed. Check.
Three months in a hospital bed?!? That makes it sound as if the “death’s door” report was not so far off base.
Perry did not specify whether or not he’s finally been checked out of the hospital, but it’s safe to assume so based on that Tweet.
The update comes a little over a month after a rep for the actor confirmed in a statement to that “Matthew Perry recently underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair a gastrointestinal perforation.
“He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heals.”
The outcome of this specific surgery depends on how early the ailment was diagnosed, along with how severe the perforation is and whether the patient had another disease or illness at the time.
We can’t really answer any of these questions when it comes to Perry.
Often times, conditions such as appendicitis, stomach ulcers, gallstones and/or Crohn’s disease can cause gastrointestinal perforations, as can a stabbing to the abdomen and abdominal surgery.
Moreover, smoking and excessive alcohol use can increase a person’s need for this procedure.
And it’s a safe guess that this is why Perry has been suffering.
The veteran star has open about his struggles with alcohol abuse and has even opened his own sober-living facility named Perry House.
“I couldn’t stop,” Perry told People Magazine in 2013 of his substance abuse. “Eventually things got so bad that I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew.”
A powerful voice in the battle against addiction, Perry also said the following at one point to The Hollywood Reporter”
“You can’t have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it be solved in 28 days.”
This is a reference to the typical length of one’s stay at a treatment facility.
In honor of his road to recovery, Perry was presented with the 2015 Phoenix Rising Award.
“I’m an award-winning alcoholic,” Perry told The Hollywood Reporter. “I shouldn’t be getting an award; Phoenix House should be getting an award.”
Along with his iconic role on Friends, Perry also anchored such programs as The Odd Couple. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Mr. Sunshine.
We wish him all the best.