Airwolf star Jan-Michael Vincent dies aged 74 after suffering cardiac arrest

Jan-Michael Vincent, 1980s TV heartthrob and star of Airwolf, has died.

The actor passed away last month, on February 10, after suffering a cardiac arrest at a North Carolina hospital. He was 74. 

TMZ, who obtained the death certificate, reports that no autopsy was performed and the star was later cremated. 

TV heartthrob: Jan-Michael Vincent, best known for his role on Airwolf, passed away last month aged 74

TV heartthrob: Jan-Michael Vincent, best known for his role on Airwolf, passed away last month aged 74

TV heartthrob: Jan-Michael Vincent, best known for his role on Airwolf, passed away last month aged 74

The Denver born star had many credits to his name, with his career spanning back to the late 1960s.

His last role was in the 2002 drama White Boy.

But it was his role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf that made him a star. The show, which ran from 1984 to 1986, earned him $200,000 per episode, making him the highest paid actor at the time. 

Vincent suffered a cardiac arrest in a North Carolina hospital and died on February 10, according to TMZ. The actor is pictured in 1993

Vincent suffered a cardiac arrest in a North Carolina hospital and died on February 10, according to TMZ. The actor is pictured in 1993

Vincent suffered a cardiac arrest in a North Carolina hospital and died on February 10, according to TMZ. The actor is pictured in 1993

Jan-Michael almost died in 2012 after an infection forced him to have his right leg amputated. He is pictured in 2014

Jan-Michael almost died in 2012 after an infection forced him to have his right leg amputated. He is pictured in 2014

Jan-Michael almost died in 2012 after an infection forced him to have his right leg amputated. He is pictured in 2014

At the height of his fame he admitted to issues with drugs and alcohol – which reportedly contributed to the cancellation of his the CBS series in 1986 – and confessed in recent years that he was still struggling with alcoholism.

The actor almost died in 2012 after an infection forced him to have his right leg amputated.

He also suffered his fair share of bad luck including two serious car accidents.

In the first incident in 1996, Vincent broke three vertebrae in his neck and sustained a permanent injury to his vocal cords that left him with a permanently raspy voice.

The second crash happened in 2008, but worse was to follow in 2012 when he contracted a leg infection as a result of complications from peripheral artery disease.

As a young actor, Vincent won rave reviews for his role in 1978 cult surfing movie Big Wednesday.

It was his role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf that made him a star. The show, which ran from 1984 to 1986, earned him $200,000 per episode

It was his role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf that made him a star. The show, which ran from 1984 to 1986, earned him $200,000 per episode

It was his role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke in Airwolf that made him a star. The show, which ran from 1984 to 1986, earned him $200,000 per episode

80s star: Vincent is pictured with Airwolf co-stars Ernest Borgnine, Jean Bruce Scott and Alex Cord

80s star: Vincent is pictured with Airwolf co-stars Ernest Borgnine, Jean Bruce Scott and Alex Cord

80s star: Vincent is pictured with Airwolf co-stars Ernest Borgnine, Jean Bruce Scott and Alex Cord

Successful career: Vincent is pictured with Gene Hackman in a scene from 1975 movie Bite The Bullet

Successful career: Vincent is pictured with Gene Hackman in a scene from 1975 movie Bite The Bullet

Successful career: Vincent is pictured with Gene Hackman in a scene from 1975 movie Bite The Bullet

The actor is pictured in 1977 movie Damnation Alley

The actor is pictured in 1977 movie Damnation Alley

Jan-Michael is seen in 1973's The World's Greatest Athlete

Jan-Michael is seen in 1973's The World's Greatest Athlete

Natural talent: The genetically blessed star pictured in 1977’s Damnation Alley (left) and 1973’s The World’s Greatest Athlete (right)

Heyday: Vincent, who suffered from poor health in recent years and admitted to alcoholism, also starred opposite Burt Reynolds in the 1978 film Hooper (pictured)

Heyday: Vincent, who suffered from poor health in recent years and admitted to alcoholism, also starred opposite Burt Reynolds in the 1978 film Hooper (pictured)

Heyday: Vincent, who suffered from poor health in recent years and admitted to alcoholism, also starred opposite Burt Reynolds in the 1978 film Hooper (pictured) 

He also starred opposite Burt Reynolds in the 1978 film Hooper and co-starred with Kim Basinger in the 1981 film Defiance.

Vincent lived with his third wife Patricia Ann who he married in 1999. 

The troubled actor was married twice before, first to Bonnie Poorman, his ‘college classmate sweetheart’ in 1969 from 1974 to 1975. 

The pair had a daughter, Amber Vincent, who is now 45.

He was married to first wife Joanne Robinson from 1986 to 1997. 

Jan-Michael, who leaves behind wife Anna, is seen in a portrait shot from 1978. He is also survived by daughter Amber, 45

Jan-Michael, who leaves behind wife Anna, is seen in a portrait shot from 1978. He is also survived by daughter Amber, 45

Jan-Michael, who leaves behind wife Anna, is seen in a portrait shot from 1978. He is also survived by daughter Amber, 45

Icon: The Denver born star is pictured in 1973 in The World's Greatest Athlete

Icon: The Denver born star is pictured in 1973 in The World's Greatest Athlete

Icon: The Denver born star is pictured in 1973 in The World’s Greatest Athlete

 

 

 

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