Jan-Michael Vincent Dies; Airwolf Star Was 74

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Jan-Michael Vincent, a veteran actor best known for his role in the 1980s action series Airwolf, has passed away from cardiac arrest.

He was 74 years old.

Jan-Michael Vincent

According to TMZ, which broke this sad piece of new, Vincent actually passed away back on February 10 at a North Carolina hospital.

The celebrity gossip outlet adds that the actor was cremated and that no autopsy was performed.

As for his acting resume, Vincent had not been seen in anything since the 2002 film White Boy.

But he was an enormous star during the heyday of Airwolf, raking in the most money of any actor on television at the time at $200,000 per episode.

The series centered on his helicopter pilot character of Stringfellow Hawke, yet only lasted a couple seasons (from 198

4 through 1986) because Vincent fell victim to cocaine abuse.

His career would suffer from this addiction and Vincent would develop an infection in 2012 that caused his right leg to be amputated.

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Prior to striking it big with Airwolf, Vincent starred alongside Burt Reynolds in 1978's Hooper and alongside Kim Basinger in 1981's Hard Country.

He was nominated for Golden Globes for his work in 1971's Going Home and the 1983 miniseries The Winds Of War, while also enjoying a key role in John Millius’ beloved surfing drama Big Wednesday.

In addition to Airwolf, Vincent appeared in a number of other TV series, such as Police Story, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and Nash Bridges.

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Following his passing, a number of fans quickly jumped on social media to lament Vincent's death, with one tweeting:

"Rest in Peace Jan-Michael Vincent.

"He had been in bad shape for several years, but we choose to remember him as the cool, sexy guy he was on Airwolf."

"Rest in Peace Jan-Michael Vincent.

"He had been in bad shape for several years, but we choose to remember him as the cool, sexy guy he was on Airwolf."

Added screenwriter Brian Lynch:

"RIP Jan-Michael Vincent. So cool in AIRWOLF, but his appearance in BUFFALO '66 is my favorite Jan-Michael performance. Was really happy to see him in it."

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He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his daughter, Amber.

May Jan-Michael Vincent rest in peace.

We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.

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