Home Alone Star John Heard Dead At 72

The actor passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017.

TMZ reports that John Heard was found dead in a Palo Alto, Calif. hotel room by a maid. The authorities were then called and soon pronounced Heard dead at the scene. His cause of death remains unclear at this time, but a coroner is conducting an investigation.

Heard was 72 years old.

Heard had previously undergone "minor back surgery" on Wednesday, July 19 and was reportedly staying in the hotel as he recovered, TMZ notes.

Heard boasted over 170 acting credits to his name, starring in a number of movies in the '80s and '90s. He was best known for playing Peter McCallister, the father of Macaulay Culkin's character, in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). Other notable projects of his included Big (1988), Beaches (1988), and Awakenings (1990). Most recently, he guest starred in TV shows like NCIS: Los Angeles, Elementary, and MacGyver.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this difficult time.