Actor Chris Penn Found Dead at Residence

Actor Chris Penn Found Dead at Residence
Chris Penn
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updated 01/25/2006 at 08:15 AM EST

originally published 01/24/2006 10:50PM

Actor Chris Penn has died in Santa Monica, Calif., at the age of 40.

Santa Monica police say there is no evidence of foul play in the death of the actor, whose brother is Sean Penn. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, authorities said.

"The Penn family would appreciate the media’s respect of their privacy during this difficult time," the family's rep said in a statement given to PEOPLE on Tuesday.

Penn's body was discovered in a bed inside his residence, located in a four-story condominium complex near the beach, said Capt. Ed Winter of the county coroner's office. Penn's housekeeper called authorities to the condominium complex, Winter said.

Penn, who has more than 50 acting credits to his name, has starred in such films as Reservoir Dogs, At Close Range, Mulholland Falls, Short Cuts and Footloose.

The California native hailed from a show-business family: In addition to his Oscar-winning brother Sean, his brother Michael is a musician; his father, Leo, was a TV director; and mother Eileen Ryan is an actress who appeared in the films I Am Sam and Magnolia.

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