'Shiloh' star Blake Heron has died at age 35

Blake Heron, the child actor who starred in 1996's "Shiloh," has died at age 35.

Heron's cause of death has not been confirmed, but he had allegedly been battling the flu for several days. Paramedics found flu prescriptions in his home.

Although EMTs on the scene did not find any illegal drugs, sources confirmed to TMZ that Heron had struggled with heroin and recently got out of rehab. Earlier this year, Blake played a character of his own real name in a "A Thousand Junkies," movie about heroin addicts that screened at Tribeca Film Festival.

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Blake Heron through the years
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Blake Heron through the years
Blake Heron embracing a dog in a scene from the film 'Shiloh', 1996. (Photo by Utopia Pictures/Getty Images)
Blake Heron with a dog in a scene from the film 'Shiloh', 1996. (Photo by Utopia Pictures/Getty Images)
Luke Edwards and Blake Heron staring at each other eye to eye in a scene from the film 'Cheaters', 2000. (Photo by De Passe Entertainment/Getty Images)
Luke Edwards and Blake Heron involved in an altercation in a scene from the film 'Cheaters', 2000. (Photo by De Passe Entertainment/Getty Images)
Blake Heron (co-star of film) arrives at the premiere of 'We Were Soldiers.' (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actor Blake Heron from 'A Thousand Junkies' poses at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival portrait studio on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Erik Tanner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actor Blake Heron from 'A Thousand Junkies' poses at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival portrait studio on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Erik Tanner/Getty Images)
Our last night in Paris. We had a rad dinner cruise on the Seine River to cap our week off.
Me and Tank partying in Palm Springs.
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: (L-R) TJ Bowen, Tommy Swerdlow, and Blake Heron attend the 'A Thousand Junkies' Premiere during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actor Blake Heron from 'A Thousand Junkies' poses at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival portrait studio on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Erik Tanner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actor Blake Heron from 'A Thousand Junkies' poses at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival portrait studio on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Erik Tanner/Getty Images)
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Heron's girlfriend went to his Los Angeles home on Friday morning, where she discovered him already dead.

A California native, Heron first appeared on-screen in Disney's "Tom and Huck" in 1995. A year later, he played the leading role in "Shiloh," the beloved story of a boy and his dog. In the early 2000s, he continued appearing on TV shows but largely stepped away from the spotlight.

Heron often posted photos of himself with his girlfriend. According to his Instagram profile, the two just recently returned from a trip to Paris. Those photos, and more from Heron's life, are in the slideshow above.

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