Former child actor Blake Heron, of 'Shiloh' fame, dead at 35
Blake Heron in a scene from the 1996 film "Shiloh." The former child actor has died at the age of 35. (Video screengrab)
Blake Heron, the actor who played Marty Preston in beloved 1996 movie Shiloh, has died.
Sources tell TMZ his girlfriend found Heron’s body at his Los Angeles home on Friday morning and called emergency services.
Paramedics worked on Heron for 40 minutes trying to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Details surrounding his death have not been released, but according to the outlet he had been sick for days.
Heron had previously battled heroin addiction and recently returned home from a rehab spell.
The 35-year-old also appeared alongside Mel Gibson in We Were Soldiers.
Born in Massapequa, N.Y., he moved to Georgia when he was seven and became a local child actor, booking ads for department stores.
His first real acting role came when he signed up for a part in TV mini-series Andersonville.
He moved to Los Angeles and landed his first starring role at the age of 12 in Shiloh.