First, Epstein. Now Horshack is gone.
Actor Ron Palillo died suddenly this morning of a heart attack at his home in Florida. He was 63.
Palillo is, of course, best known for playing Horshack on Welcome Back Kotter from 1975 through 1979. The Horshack character became well loved for his laugh and the eagerness with which his he raised his hand in Mr. Kotter's class.
Palillo's death comes less than eight months after co-star Robert Hegyes suddenly died of a heart attack. This leaves John Travolta and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as the only surviving Sweathogs.
After Welcome Back Kotter went off the air, Palillo had trouble finding work. He did the occasional guest spot on TV shows like The A-Team, Murder, She Wrote and Cagney & Lacey. At one point, Palillo actually played himself on Ellen for a few episodes.
In recent years, Palillo taught acting at a performing arts high school in West Palm Beach, Florida and was due to begin teaching another year of classes next week.