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Blake Heron (1982 – 2017), former child star dies at 35

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Star of family drama "Shiloh"

Blake Heron, the actor best known for starring in 1997 film “Shiloh,” died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 35.

He was found unresponsive in his home in Los Angeles. According to Variety, a friend said he had been sick with the flu for several days. The cause of death has not been determined yet.

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Heron had been open about his battle with drug addiction. He had recently played an addict in the dark comedy film “A Thousand Junkies,” which was screened at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. In a YouTube video interview posted in April, he discussed the evolution of his drug habit to his eventual addiction to opiates and heroin, and the negative effect it had on his life and career.

Heron was born Jan. 11, 1982, and grew up in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He began acting at 9, and had an early breakout role in the Disney film “Tom and Huck” (1995). His starring role in the family drama “Shiloh” saw him playing a boy who befriends an abused hunting dog.

He transitioned into adult roles, appearing in the film “We Were Soldiers” (2002). He returned to acting beginning in 2012 with an appearance on the TV series like “Justified.” He followed that in recent years with credits on “NCIS: New Orleans,” and “Criminal Minds.” 

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