Blake Heron, the American actor who is popularly know for his role as Marty Preston in the 1996 blockbuster Shiloh, has reportedly died at the age of 35.
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Heron was found unresponsive by his girlfriend in his Los Angeles home, Variety reported. He lived in Crescenta, California before his death.
The actor who gained fame as teen during the 1990s had been sick with flu for the last few days, his friend told reporters.
Heron was found unresponsive at his residence on Friday morning and paramedics who arrived for emergency treatments pronounced him dead at the scene.
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner and his former manager confirmed his death. His cause of death has not been determined yet.
He had battled drug addiction since the age of 12, and had just completed drug rehab for heroin addiction days before he passed away.
Heron, a native of Sherman Oaks, Calif., made his film debut in the 1995 Disney movie Tom and Huck, playing Ben Rodgers, and in the TV series Reality Check as Bud McNeight.
In 1996, he starred in the Warner Bros. family drama Shiloh, portraying an adolescent who rescues an abused hunting dog in a small town. Michael Moriarty, Ann Dowd, and Scott Wilson co-starred in the pic. The film was based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s book by the same name.
Heron starred in several mid-1990s television movies, including Trilogy of Terror II and Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher. He appeared in the HBO movie Cheaters in 2000, and had credits on the TV series Boston Public, Family Law, and The Guardian.
He appeared as Specialist Galen Bungum in Mel Gibson’s We Were Soldiers in 2002 and also had a role in Dandelion.
Funeral services are pending, media reports confirm.