Jan-Michael Vincent Dead: Airwolf Star Dies After Suffering Cardiac Arrest, Aged 74

Jan-Michael Vincent has died at the age of 74, it has emerged.

The actor, who was best known for his role as pilot Stringfellow Hawke in the US series Airwolf, died on 10 February according to his death certificate.

The document states he was an inpatient at a hospital in North Carolina.

Jan-Michael as Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf. (Photo: Rex)
Jan-Michael as Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf. (Photo: Rex)

Airwolf ran from 1984 until 1986, turning Jan-Michael into a global star and reportedly one of TV’s highest-paid actors at the time, earning up to $200,000 (£154,000) per episode.

He also appeared in 1972′s The Mechanic, alongside Charles Bronson, and in 1978′s Hooper, with Burt Reynolds, as well as in the TV series Lassie, Bonanza and Gunsmoke.

The actor experienced a run of bad luck after ‘Airwolf’ was axed in 1986.

In 1996, he suffered multiple injuries in a serious car accident, which left him with broken vertebrae in his neck and damage to his vocal chords, leaving him with a permanent raspy voice.

(Photo: Rex)
(Photo: Rex)

Twelve years later he was in another car accident and then contracted a leg infection as a result of complications from peripheral artery disease.

The infection became so bad that doctors had no choice but to amputate the lower half of his right leg, an op that almost killed him. He was subsequently fitted with a prosthetic limb.

In 2014 he revealed he was an alcoholic, telling the National Enquirer: “I’m an alcoholic. I’m me. I got my personality. I don’t behave like an alcoholic.”

The actor filmed his final role in the 2002 movie White Boy before retiring from show business in 2009.

He is survived by his third wife, Patricia Ann Christ.

OCTOBER

<strong>Peter “Ginger” Baker (1939-2019)</strong><br />The drummer was known for forming Cream with Eric Clapton in 1966, before going on to perform as part of Blind Faith and Ginger Baker’s Air Force. 
Peter “Ginger” Baker (1939-2019)
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OCTOBER

<strong>Anna Quayle (1932-2019)</strong><br />The actress was known for starring as Mrs Monroe on BBC kids series Grange Hill, a role she played in 85 episodes from 1990 until 1994. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fans will also remember as Baroness Bomburst in the 1968 family film.
Anna Quayle (1932-2019)
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OCTOBER

<strong>Peter Sissons (1942-2019)</strong><br />The journalist's broadcasting career spanned more than 40 years and he appeared as a newsreader on ITN and the BBC. 
Peter Sissons (1942-2019)
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SEPTEMBER

<strong>David Garrison (1960-2019)</strong><br />The actor played Tommy from the infamous Cobra Kai gang in the original 1984 Karate Kid film.
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SEPTEMBER

<strong>Ric Ocasek (1944-2019)</strong><br />The frontman of US rock band The Cars was found dead at his apartment in Manhattan.
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SEPTEMBER

<strong>John Wesley (1947-2019)</strong><br />John was best known for his role in the 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, in which he starred opposite Will Smith as Dr Hoover.
John Wesley (1947-2019)
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AUGUST

<strong>Valerie Harper (1939-2019)</strong><br />Best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Rhoda in the 1970s, Valerie was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare and incurable form of brain cancer, in January 2013.
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AUGUST

<strong>Peter Fonda (1940-2019)</strong><br />Peter was best known for his role in Easy Rider, and was the brother of Hollywood star Jane Fonda. He died after being diagnosed with lung cancer. 
Peter Fonda (1940-2019)
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AUGUST

<strong>Miriam Rivera (1981-2019)</strong><br />Miriam was the star of 00s reality show There’s Something About Miriam. News of her death was reported in August, but it was claimed she took her own life back in February in her native Mexico.
Miriam Rivera (1981-2019)
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AUGUST

<strong>Joe Longthorne (1955-2019)</strong><br />Singer and impressionist Joe first found fame in 1981, when he appeared on the TV talent show Search For A Star, eventually going on to appear on shows like Live From The Palladium and Des O’Connor Tonight.
Joe Longthorne (1955-2019)
Singer and impressionist Joe first found fame in 1981, when he appeared on the TV talent show Search For A Star, eventually going on to appear on shows like Live From The Palladium and Des O’Connor Tonight.

AUGUST

<strong>Ian Gibbons (1952-2019)</strong><br />Keyboardist Ian, who was in the rock group The Kinks on and off from 1979 until 1996.
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JULY

<strong>Russi Taylor (1944-2019)</strong><br />Russi voiced Disney character Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years. Through the role, Russi found her real-life Mickey in the form of Wayne Allwine, who had voiced Mickey Mouse since 1977.
Russi Taylor (1944-2019)
Russi voiced Disney character Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years. Through the role, Russi found her real-life Mickey in the form of Wayne Allwine, who had voiced Mickey Mouse since 1977.

JULY

<strong>Gabe Khouth (1972-2019)</strong><br />Gabe was best-known for playing Skip the Elf in Santa Baby and he also starred as Mr Clark in the ABC show Once Upon A Time.
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Gabe was best-known for playing Skip the Elf in Santa Baby and he also starred as Mr Clark in the ABC show Once Upon A Time.

JULY

<strong>Jimmy Patton (1931-2019)</strong><br />Jimmy was the elder sibling of the Chuckle Brothers. He starred in 47 episodes of ChuckleVision between 1990 and 2009 and died 11 months after brother Barry. 
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JULY

<strong>Rutger Hauer (1944-2019)</strong><br />The veteran actor featured in many films and TV shows over the years, but remains best-known for playing Roy Batty in Blade Runner, delivering the "tears in the rain" speech. 
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JULY

<strong>David Hedison (1927-2019)</strong><br />He was best known for his role as CIA agent Felix Leiter in the 1973 James Bond film Live And Let Die, a role he reprised 16 years later in Licence To Kill.
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JULY

<strong>Karl Shiels (1971-2019)</strong><br />Irish actor Karl Shiels has died suddenly at the age of 47. During his career, Karl appeared in small roles in the TV series Peaky Blinders and film Batman Begins, and was probably best known to Irish fans as Robbie Quinn in the soap Fair City.
Karl Shiels (1971-2019)
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JULY

<strong>Emily Hartridge (1984-2019)</strong><br />Emily was a YouTuber and TV presenter, best known for her internet series 10 Reasons Why. She was killed in a crash involving her electric scooter and a lorry.
Emily Hartridge (1984-2019)
Emily was a YouTuber and TV presenter, best known for her internet series 10 Reasons Why. She was killed in a crash involving her electric scooter and a lorry.

JULY

<strong>Brendan Grace (1951-2019)</strong><br />He played Father Fintan Stack in the popular comedy series Father Ted. He died 10 days after being diagnosed with lung cancer. 
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JULY

Rip Torn (1931-2019)<br />The actor – real name Elmore Torn Jr – appeared in  Men In Black and was also known for his roles in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and TV’s The Larry Sanders Show.
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JULY

<strong>Freddie Jones (1927-2019)</strong><br />Freddie was most recently known for playing Sandy Thomas in Emmerdale from 2005 until 2018.
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Freddie was most recently known for playing Sandy Thomas in Emmerdale from 2005 until 2018.

JULY

<strong>Cameron Boyce (1999-2019)</strong><br />The Disney star died suddenly from epilepsy after being found unconscious at his home in North Hollywood. He was best-known for his role in the Disney franchise Descendants and the TV show Jessie.
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JULY

<strong>George Kay (1980-2019)</strong><br />George was the third husband of singer and reality star Kerry Katona. 
George Kay (1980-2019)
George was the third husband of singer and reality star Kerry Katona. 

JULY

<strong>Tanya Jones (1966-2019)<br /></strong>Tanya was the wife of actor and former footballer Vinnie Jones, and died after a long illness. <strong><br /></strong>
Tanya Jones (1966-2019)
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JULY

<strong>James 'Fungi' Clarke<br /></strong>James who was best known by his nickname ‘Fungi’, was one of the participants to Channel 4 documentary series Benefits Street. <strong><br /></strong>
James 'Fungi' Clarke
James who was best known by his nickname ‘Fungi’, was one of the participants to Channel 4 documentary series Benefits Street. 

JUNE

<strong>Bryan Marshall (1938-2019)</strong><br /><strong></strong>The James Bond actor was best known for his role in The Spy Who Loved Me, but later appeared in Neighbours and Home And Away, after moving to Australia.
Bryan Marshall (1938-2019)
The James Bond actor was best known for his role in The Spy Who Loved Me, but later appeared in Neighbours and Home And Away, after moving to Australia.

JUNE

<strong>Desmond "Etika" Amofah (1990-2019)<br /></strong>The promising and popular YouTuber was found dead at the age of 29 in New York, a week after he was reported as missing.
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The promising and popular YouTuber was found dead at the age of 29 in New York, a week after he was reported as missing.

JUNE

<strong>Paul Darrow (1941-2019)<br /></strong>British actor Paul was best known for his sci-fi roles, including as Kerr Avon in Blake's 7 and two stints in Doctor Who.
Paul Darrow (1941-2019)
British actor Paul was best known for his sci-fi roles, including as Kerr Avon in Blake's 7 and two stints in Doctor Who.

JUNE

<strong>Gloria Vanderbilt (1924 -2019)<br /></strong>The American fashion icon died at the age of 95 this year, as confirmed by her son, the US news anchor Anderson Cooper.
Gloria Vanderbilt (1924 -2019)
The American fashion icon died at the age of 95 this year, as confirmed by her son, the US news anchor Anderson Cooper.

MAY

<strong>Andrew Hall (1954-2019)<br /></strong>Coronation Street fans will remember Andrew for his role as Marc Selby in 2011, having previously been in the BBC sitcom Butterflies in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Andrew Hall (1954-2019)
Coronation Street fans will remember Andrew for his role as Marc Selby in 2011, having previously been in the BBC sitcom Butterflies in the late 1970s and early 80s.

MAY

<strong>Doris Day (1922-2019)</strong><br />The actor was one of the screen’s most popular leading ladies and was the world’s biggest box office star from 1960 to 1964. 
Doris Day (1922-2019)
The actor was one of the screen’s most popular leading ladies and was the world’s biggest box office star from 1960 to 1964. 

MAY

<strong>Freddie Starr (1943-2019)<br /></strong>The comedian starred in several TV shows including Freddie Starr (1993–94) and The Freddie Starr Show (1996–98).
Freddie Starr (1943-2019)
The comedian starred in several TV shows including Freddie Starr (1993–94) and The Freddie Starr Show (1996–98).

APRIL

<strong>Boon Gould (1955-2019)</strong><br />The musician was one of the founding members of Level 42.
Boon Gould (1955-2019)
The musician was one of the founding members of Level 42.

APRIL

<strong>Ken Kercheval (1935-2019)<br /></strong>The Dallas star appeared as Cliff Barnes in every series of the popular US series, including the 2012 reboot.
Ken Kercheval (1935-2019)
The Dallas star appeared as Cliff Barnes in every series of the popular US series, including the 2012 reboot.

APRIL

<strong>John Singleton (1968-2019)<br /></strong>Among those who paid their respects to the groundbreaking Oscar-nominated director was Barack Obama, who praised Singleton for "opening doors for filmmakers of colour".
John Singleton (1968-2019)
Among those who paid their respects to the groundbreaking Oscar-nominated director was Barack Obama, who praised Singleton for "opening doors for filmmakers of colour".

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