Fans now know 'Home Alone' star John Heard’s official cause of death


John Heard died of a heart attack brought on by heart disease.

According to TMZ, the Santa Clara County coroner's office confirmed the "Home Alone" star's official cause of death as a "sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease."

Heard was found in a Palo Alto, Calif., hotel room on July 21. Two days before his death, Heard underwent a minor back surgery and was recovering in the hotel. Officials stated that the operation "did not play a role in his death."

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Actor John Heard, actress Nastassja Kinski, David Bowie and director Paul Schrader at a private screening of Paul's movie 'Cat People' , which stars Heard and Kinski and has music by David Bowie, in New York City on January 27, 1982. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
Actor John Heard poses for a portrait in circa 1995. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 14: Actors (L-R) John Heard, Samuel L. Jackson and Clifton Collins Jr. attend the star ceremony for late actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez on November 14, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 03: Actor John Heard attends Autism Speaks' 7th annual 'Acts Of Love' benefit at Santa Monica College on October 3, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 09: SAG member De Wayne Williams (L) and actor John Heard arrive at the Screen Actors Guild & SAGIndie Breakthrough Filmmakers Party during AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 9, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor John Heard attends The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences' Producers Peer Group Celebrates The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards held at the SLS Hotel on September 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor John Heard arrives for Norby Walters' 22nd Annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala held at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Supervising sound editor Jerry Ross, actor John Heard and writer Anne Spielberg attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 'Oscars Outdoors' summer screening series with 'Big' at Oscars Outdoors on July 20, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Supervising sound editor Jerry Ross, actor John Heard and writer Anne Spielberg attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 'Oscars Outdoors' summer screening series with 'Big' at Oscars Outdoors on July 20, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: Actor John Heard attends 'Fathom Events Presents The Premiere Of The Asylum And Syfy's 'Sharknado' screening' on August 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actor John Heard participates in the 'Sharknado' DVD Signing held at Dark Delicacies Bookstore on September 8, 2013 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Actors Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski and John Heard of 'Cat People' at The Hollywood Show held at the LAX Westin Hotel on April 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - APRIL 21: Actors John Heard (L) and Matthew Morrison attend the 17th annual Newport Beach Film Festival opening night premiere of 'After The Reality' at Lido Live Theater on April 21, 2016 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
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Following news of his passing, fellow "Home Alone" star Daniel Stern paid tribute to the late actor with an emotional message on Twitter.

"Nothing was more intense than John's performance in life," he wrote. "He lived it hard, fast and fearlessly. He was a romantic and a raconteur. He was as loyal and generous as they come. He was a friend and a brother and a legend in his time. RIP John."

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