How Did Paul John Vasquez Die? New Details About The 'Sons Of Anarchy' Star's Cause Of Death

He is the second Sons of Anarchy actor to die this year.

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John Paul Vasquez, who landed many minor roles in major shows, was found dead Monday night of an apparent heart attack. 

A representative for the actor confirmed his death to NBC and PEOPLE.

“This news has come as a surprise to us,” a representative for the actor told PEOPLE. “Our hearts are heavy. He was a kind, creative and loving man. He will be missed.”



The 48-year-old actor was found dead in his father's San Jose home. His dad called paramedics when he found his deceased son but Vasquez was unable to be revived. The official cause of death has not been released as it is still under investigation, reports TMZ, who broke the story.

He appears to have suffered a heart attack, the outlet reports.

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Vasquez starred in a number of TV shows including NYPD BlueHow I Met Your MotherJustifiedER, and CSI: NY, but was most widely known for his appearance in two episodes of Sons of Anarchy in 2011.


He played Angel Ganz in episodes "Booster" and "Kiss," the second and ninth episodes of season four of the FX biker drama series.

He also appeared in the films Ghost Rider and the 80s classics, Simon & Simon21 Jump StreetPrivate Eye, and Freddy's Nightmares.

Aside from acting, Vasquez was also a writer and producer. His next release was to be "Thug Alley," a short film about a couple that gets involved with an L.A. gangster, according to IMDb. He was also working on "Spody Gets His Gunz" and "Lone Wolf," both of which he was scheduled to act in.


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No members of the Sons of Anarchy cast has commented on his death.

Vasquez is the second Sons of Anarchy actor to die this year. His costar Alan O’Neill, who played Hugh on the series in 2013-2014, died in June at the age of 47. 


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O'Neill's girlfriend found him unconscious at her L.A. apartment on June 6. Paramedics were called and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 6 p.m.

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman told PEOPLE that the actor died of sequelae of chronic ethanol (alcohol) over-consumption. He also suffered blunt force head trauma and coronary artery atherosclerosis, which was concluded to be from a drunken fall.


His death was ruled an accident.

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Sarah Gangraw has a degree in journalism and writes about all things news, entertainment and crime. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.