'Home Alone' Dad John Heard Died of Cardiac Arrest

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The actor, who had been recovering from back surgery, was found dead last month.

Officials say actor John Heard, whose body was found last month in a Northern California hotel, died of cardiac arrest.

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office said Tuesday an autopsy revealed the 71-year-old actor died "a sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease."

Heard was found dead July 21 in a hotel in Palo Alto. He was recovering from back surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.

The coroner's office says his back surgery did not play a role in his death.

Heard's many roles included the father in the Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York movies and a corrupt detective in the television series The Sopranos.

Heard was married and divorced three times, including briefly to actress Margot Kidder. He had three children.

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