'Battlestar Galactica' star Richard Hatch dies at 71

Richard Hatch, the star of the original 1970s TV show "Battlestar Galactica" has died at 71 after a tragic battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager confirmed.

The actor passed away on Tuesday afternoon in his Santa Clarita, California, home with son Paul by his side. He went into hospice care a few weeks before his death, according to TMZ.

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THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - Gallery - Shoot Date: May 5, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RICHARD HATCH
ALL MY CHILDREN - 2/11/70Rosemary Prinz (Amy), Ruth Warrick (Phoebe) and Richard Hatch (Phil) in a scene on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC70(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)ROSEMARY PRINZ, RUTH WARRICK, RICHARD HATCH
THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 'Monkey is Back' - Airdate: January 13, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RICHARD HATCH
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KAREN GORNEY;RICHARD HATCH
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Gallery - Shoot Date: June 12, 1978. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MAREN JENSEN;LORNE GREENE;RICHARD HATCH
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Gallery - Shoot Date: June 12, 1978. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LORNE GREENE;RICHARD HATCH
THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - 'Let's Pretend We're Strangers' - Airdate: May 19, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LINDA KELSEY;RICHARD HATCH
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Gallery - Shoot Date: June 12, 1978. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RICHARD HATCH
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 31: Actor Richard Hatch attends Joan Rivers Love-Match Celebrity Tennis Auction Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on May 31, 1986 at the Century Plaza Hotel (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 27: Actor Robin Williams and actor Richard Hatch attend the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 27, 1979 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Battlestar Galactica star Richard Hatch at the Dragon Con Awards Banquet. (Photo by Robert Roux/WireImage)
Richard Hatch during 2003 Galacticon Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of 'Battlestar Galactica' - Day One at The Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA -- SCI FI Channel -- 'Colonial Day' Episode 11 -- Aired 1/10/05 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate Vernon as Ellen Tigh, Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek (Photo by Carole Segal/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actor Richard Hatch arrives for the screening of Walter Koenig's and Renegade Studios' 'InAlienable' held at the Sherry Lansing Theater at Paramount Studios on November 8, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA -- SCI FI Channel -- 'Fragged' Episode 3 -- Aired 07/29/2005 -- Pictured: Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek (left) (Photo by Carole Segal/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
July 25, 2009 San Diego, Ca.; Richard Hatch; Entertainment Weekly and Syfy Comic-Con Party; Held at the Hotel Solamar (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Actor Richard Hatch of Battlestart Galactica at Experience Music Project on October 22, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Dana Nalbandian/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 29: Actor Richard Hatch participates in WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - Day 1 held at Anaheim Convention Center on March 29, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 16: Actor Richard Hatch participates in the 2012 WonderCon - Day 1 held at Anaheim Convention Center on March 16, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Richard Hatch attends the 6th Annual Indie Series Awards at El Portal Theatre on April 1, 2015 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
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"I will always remember him fondly for his inspiring sense of youthful wonder, his boundless passion for creative expression, and his huge, kind heart," his manager Michael Kaliski said.

Hatch played Captain Apollo in the hit series that ran from 1978 to 1979. His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Years later in 2003, he played the character of Tom Zarek in the reimagined series.

The storied actor got his start on the soap opera "All My Children." He appeared in other notable TV shows such as "Hawaii 5-0," "Baywatch," "Murder She Wrote" and "Dynasty." Hatch also wrote five "Battlestar" novels.

Friends and colleagues took to social media to pay their respects:

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