DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Ron Palillo (aged 63)
American actor and teacher
Ronald Gabriel Palillo (April 2, 1949 – August 14, 2012) was an American actor and teacher. He was best known for his role as the endearingly dim-witted character Arnold Horshack on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979).
DEATH: Palillo and his partner of 41 years, Joseph Gramm, lived in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. On August 14, 2012, Palillo suffered a heart attack at his home and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. He died seven months after his co-star Robert Hegyes.
Palillo’s funeral service was held in Palm Beach Gardens on August 22, 2012. He is buried at St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven, Connecticut. A memorial tribute, directed by Lawrence Leritz and hosted by Tyne Daly, was held to honor and celebrate Palillo’s life and career at NYC’s The Triad Theatre, October 3, 2012.