Paul John Vasquez, a veteran actor likely best known to television fans for his role on Sons of Anarchy, died of a heart attack on Monday night, according to multiple news outlets.
He was 48 years old.
“This news has come as a surprise to us,” a representative for Vasquez People Magazine, adding somberly:
“Our hearts are heavy. He was a kind, creative and loving man. He will be missed.”
According to TMZ, Vasquez was at his father's home in San Jose when he suffered the apparent heart attack.
He did found him unconscious and called the paramedics, but they were never able to revive him.
The cause of death has not yet been made official and remains, as of this writing, under investigation.
You very likely recognize Vasquez, even if you weren't able to immediately place him upon seeing his face.
The actor enjoyed a number of small roles on a number of very populr TV shows, such as Sons of Anarchy, How I Met Your Mother, NYPD Blue and CSI: NY.
He appeared on the FX drama in 2011 for two episodes as the character of Angel Ganz and is actually the second Sons of Anarchy player to have been found dead in recent months.
Back in June, Alan O'Neil - who appeared at various times on the final two seasons of this series - was discovered dead by his girlfriend, although no foul play was suspected
The L.A. County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman previously said that O’Neill, who portrayed Hugh on the critically acclaimed program, died of sequelae of chronic ethanol (alcohol) overconsumption.
Vasquez, meanwhile, was born and raised in San Jose, California.
After graduating college in 1988, he moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue acting as a full-time living.
Prior to his sudden passing, he set to star in the short Thug Alley, as well as Spody Gets His Gunz, two projects which he actually wrote.
The actor was also scheduled to appear in the action thriller Lone Wolf.
Vasquez made his small screen debut the same year in the show Private Eye, contining from then on to establish himself as a character actor over the next few decades.
We send our condolences to his family members, friends and loved ones.
May Paul John Vasquez rest in peace.