It is with great sadness to report that Jan-Michael Vincent, the ‘80s star best known for his role on TV’s hit series “Airwolf,” has died.
According to a death certificate from a North Carolina hospital published by TMZ Friday, the actor passed away on Feb. 10 after suffering a cardiac arrest. The document shows Vincent was 73 at the time of his death.
We’re told no autopsy was performed and he was later cremated.
His CBS hit, “Airwolf,” made him into a huge star. At the time, he was reportedly the highest-paid actor at $200k per episode. Jan-Michael played helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the show, but the series lasted only a couple seasons largely in part to the star’s cocaine abuse. His acting career would ultimately suffer from it.
Jan-Michael nearly died in 2012 from an infection that required his right leg to be amputated.
Before Vincent’s rise to stardom, he appeared in 1978’s “Hooper” alongside Burt Reynolds, followed by “Hard Country” opposite Kim Basinger in 1981. He steadily worked in Hollywood for three decades and appeared in numerous hit TV shows, including “Lassie,” “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke,” “Dragnet,” among others, Fox News reports.
“Airwolf,” which aired from 1984 until 1986, told the tale of renegade pilot Stringfellow Hawke, who goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter as part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his daughter, Amber.
Rest in peace brother and thanks for the memories.