In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

We bid farewell to visionaries, iconoclasts and trailblazers – including Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Chris Cornell – in music, film, TV and beyond

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John Heard
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John Heard

John Heard, the actor perhaps best known for portraying Kevin McCallister's dad in the Home Alone series, died of a heart attack in his Palo Alto, California, hotel room on July 21st. He was 72.

"John Heard was the coolest cat in New York City for about 10 straight years, 1974-1984. Ask anybody who was there then," his longtime friend Daniel Stern wrote in remembrance of the late actor. "Every actor wanted to be as intense as him, every woman wanted to sleep with him. He lived life at 110 mph — Plato's Retreat, Cafe Central, crazy, crazy drink and drug stamina. He was defiant, he was poetic, he was ridiculously generous and he was charismatic as hell."

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