Paul John Vasquez, who starred in Sons of Anarchy, died due to a suspected heart attack in his father's house in San Jose, California.
According to reports, Vasquez's father found him unconscious on Monday night and paramedics failed to revive him. Currently, his cause of death is still undetermined.
"This news has come as a surprise to us. Our hearts are heavy. He was a kind, creative and loving man. He will be missed," stated Vasquez's representative to Fox News.
Vasquez appeared in two SoA episodes in 2011 namely Kiss and Booster. He portrayed Angel Ganz. The show has notably amassed a number of Emmys.
His IMDB profile also indicated that he wrote a short film that is currently in production titled Thug Alley. The said short film describes as a story that focuses of two criminal lovers who only has a day to settle a debt with a merciless gangster from Las Vegas.
The actor also appeared in ER, CSI:NY, Justified, How I Met Your Mother, Somewhere, and Foreign Land. He also starred with Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. He began his career in several 80s TV series, including Simon & Simon, a show inspired by A Nightmare on Elm Street's villain, Freddy's Nightmares, and 21 Jump Street.
Furthermore, Vasquez's career was not limited to acting. He also ventured in directing, producing, and writing. In fact, All in the Song, a documentary that he produced, was screened at multiple film festivals.
He is the second star from the hit show to pass away in the last months. Last June, Alan O'Neill was found dead by his girlfriend. The late actor played ex-IRA Hugh in the sixth and seventh seasons of the show, starring Charlie Hunnam. He also appeared in Fair City, an Irish soap, and a number of U.S. films.
Advocacies Of Vasquez
Vasquez also served as an advocate for Mexican and Spanish culture representation in the community and wished to convey more diverse people on screen. Additionally, the actor was also involved in several charitable organizations, which aided underprivileged kids to get to know the arts, and encouraged them to follow their dreams.
According to sources, Vasquez got his inspiration to pursue his passion for arts from his parents. His father was a musician, and his mother was a chef. Actors that inspired him includes Charles Bronson, Anthony Quinn, and Robert De Niro.
To date, no cast of SoA has commented on his passing. A spin-off of the show, Mayans MC, which highlights a rival motorcycle gang, is currently airing on FX.