Welcome Back, Kotter Horshack Actor Ron Palillo Dead at 63

08/15/2012
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(TMZ) Ron Palillo -- the actor who played Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter" -- died Tuesday morning at his home near Palm Beach from an apparent heart attack ... this according to someone close to the actor.

We're told Palillo was found by his partner of many years Joseph Gramm around 4:00 AM. Gramm called an ambulance and Palillo was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

We're told the heart attack was very unexpected. Palillo was 63. Palillo was known for calling out, "Ooh ooh ooh, Mr. Kotter" as one of the Sweathogs on the show ... which he appeared on with John Travolta from 1975 to 1979. more on this story

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