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'Home Alone' Star Dies At Age Of 71

Yet another piece of tragic news comes down the pipeline, reports are indicating. Actor John Heard, who is best known for playing the role of father Peter McCallister in the smash hit "Home Alone" movies, has passed away at the age of 71.

While no cause of death has officially been released, his ex-wife has raised some eyebrows with her speculation about what led to his passing.

As the Inquisitr shares, ex-wife Lana Pritchard offered up some comments during an interview with Radar Online, and let’s just say that people process grief differently. She speculated that her ex-husband overdosed on pain medication he received after his recent back surgery.

“He was in so much pain from sciatica that he had problems walking and it really was getting him down,” she said. “He was a kind guy and we have known each other for many years. I’m worried that he lay in the hotel room dead for a few days, that is very sad.”

Alright. Heard was in fact found dead in a Palo Alto hotel room just days after having back surgery, but it’s pretty insensitive to be sharing those thoughts with the world nonetheless. Whether his death was the result of an accidental overdose or not is irrelevant. Pritchard wasn’t done dropping wisdom on the world.

“He had struggled to come to terms with the death of his son Max from an overdose and he hated being riddled with pain as he wanted to be active,” she added.

Heard’s son Max passed away in December 2016 at the age of 22, but the cause of death has never been officially announced. Perhaps Pritchard can peruse the meaning of the word ‘couth’ prior to her next attention-seeking interview.

As for Heard, while his star shined the brightest for the ‘Home Alone’ franchise, he enjoyed a lengthy career that spanned both the big and small screens. Among his credits is the 1988 Tom Hanks film "Big," "Beaches," and “Sharknado.” For the latter role, he thought that would finally help him break the typecasting that plagued him after the runaway success of 'Home Alone'.

"This is going to be a huge hit," he said of the film. "That is going to put to rest the 'Home Alone' dad image."

On the tube, he appeared on shows such as "CSI: Miami," "Law & Order," "Battlestar Galactica," and “The Sopranos,” the latter of which garnered him an Emmy nomination. A quote attributed to him on IMDb notes his affinity for working on the small screen.

“Television is fast and loose. You have two or three takes to get your part right, and if you have a problem, well by the time you figure it out, everyone's moved on to the next scene. It's good training, keeps you on your toes,” he said.

No word on funeral arrangements or memorial services as of yet. Pritchard was his third wife, and they were married for just a short time in 2010. He had two children with his second wife, Sharon Heard, and he was briefly married to actress Margot Kidder in his younger days.

Source: Inquisitr, CNN
Photo: IMDB, Movies.com, YouTube

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