John Heard dead at 72: Home Alone star dies in California hotel room


Home Alone star John Heard has died at the age of 72.

The star was found dead in a hotel room in Palo Alto, California, on Friday, according to TMZ

A family source told the website that Heard was found dead by the hotel maid service.

Police were called to the hotel after reports of a medical emergency, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.

The coroner is reported to be investigating the cause of death, which is unknown at this time.

John Heard in Home Alone with on-screen wife Catherine O’Hara (Image: Rex Features)
It’s his most famous role (Image: Rex Features)
He was 72 (Image: Getty Images North America)

The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed his death.

TMZ also reports that Heard had “minor back surgery” on Wednesday and was staying at the hotel while he recovered, according to his rep.

Heard is best known for his role as Peter McCallister, the dad in the Home Alone movies, in which he starred alongside a young Macaulay Culkin.

Heard had a long list of credits, going all the way back to 1975, when he starred in TV movie Valley Forge.

John Heard attends the 17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (Image: Getty Images North America)
John was found dead in a hotel room (Image: WireImage)

John also starred in Beaches and Big 

Short film Graffiti is also completed.

Imprisoned is in post production but does not yet have a release date and Broome Street Boys is still filming.

It is not known if Heard has completed his part.


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