Former 'Welcome Back Kotter' Actor Dies

January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM EDT

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Former 'Welcome Back Kotter' Actor Dies

January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM EDT

"Welcome Back Kotter" has lost a member of its class.

According to the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Epstein on the popular 1970s comedy died Thursday in New Jersey. He was 60.

Hegyes also co-starred on the hit show "Cagney and Lacey" according to the Star-Ledger.

Read the Star-Ledger story HERE.