Thursday, January 26, 2012

Robert Heyges, of 'Welcome Back, Kotter' fame passes away

1970s TV sitcom star Robert Heyges - of 'Welcome Back, Kotter' - passed away today.

Heyges, who played Jewish Puerto Rican wheeler-dealer Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the 1970s classic "Welcome Back Kotter," died from an apparent heart attack after suffering chest pains at his Metuchen home this morning. He was 60.

Hegyes, who also co-starred on "Cagney and Lacey" and taught occasional master classes at his alma mater, Rowan University, was best known for his work on "Kotter," in which he performed alongside a young John Travolta as one of the tough remedial students known at the Sweathogs. Hegyes and nearly all of the original cast members reunited last year at the TV Land Awards to recognize the show's 35th anniversary.

Watch Robert and fellow cast members on Good Morning America here.

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