Though the cause of his death has not yet been made public, however TMZ reports that the police was called to the actor’s Palo Alto, California hotel room for a medical emergency, but Heard was pronounced dead on arrival.
The actor who was recuperating in the hotel after undergoing a “minor back surgery” on Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center, was married to actress Margot Kidder for less than a week in 1979.
His only surviving child, John Matthew “Jack” Heard, was conceived with ex-girlfriend, actress Melissa Leo.
John Heard’s role as Peter McCallister in Home Alone shot him to fame. He also went on to star in A-list films like Big, Beaches, Gladiator, and Pelican Brief. Heard’s last movie role was in the 2016 drama, So B. It.