Ron Palillo, best known as mouthy classroom goofball Arnold Horshack on the 1970s TV series "Welcome Back, Kotter," died at his Palm Beach Gardens home early Tuesday, according to Stacy Sacco, Palillos friend.
Sacco said Palillo passed away suddenly at 4:30 a.m. He was 63.
He just couldnt have been more fun and intelligent or talented. He was an amazing human being, said Sacco of Palm Beach Gardens, who met Palillo 20 years ago when he was a guest on Ellen DeGeneres sitcom in Los Angeles, on which Sacco was a script supervisor.
I had been a fan. We all knew who he was. He was a shining star, Sacco said.
Sacco said that no cause of death has been determined, but that Palillo had not been ill or in the hospital.
Palillo is survived by his partner of 41 years, Joseph Gramm, a retired actor.
The show also starred Gabe Kaplan and a young John Travolta. It originally aired on ABC and ran from 1975-79.
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