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Robert Hegyes (Juan Epstein,Welcome Back Kotter) Dead Age 60

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Blog Source: People /ABC

Posted: Thursday January 26, 2012 @4:36 pm PST

Video Credit: YouTube – scjdm5

Photo Credit: /ABC

Topic: Robert Hegyes

Robert Hegyes, best known as John Travolta’s fellow “Sweathog” Juan Epstein on the sitcom Welcome Back Kotter, has died. He was 60Hegyes died from an apparent heart attack after having chest pains, The Star-Ledger reports.
His brother tells the New Jersey paper the actor had suffered a heart attack in the last couple of years and was not well.Hegyes, who was born in New Jersey, played a wise-cracking Jewish Puerto Rican student with an infectious wide grin.
He co-starred in the classic comedy with a young Travolta, who played Vinnie Barbarino.
I had the honor of meeting Hegyes twice when I was in acting school in Hollywood. We were able to meet the entire staff. RIP – De De Tillman

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