Robert Hegyes, Welcome Back, Kotter Star, Dies
01/26/2012 AT 06:35 PM EST
Hegyes died from an apparent heart attack after having chest pains, The Star-Ledger reports. His brother tells the New Jersey paper the actor had suffered a heart attack in the last couple of years and was not well.
Hegyes, who was born in New Jersey, played a wise-cracking Jewish Puerto Rican student with an infectious wide grin. He co-starred in the classic comedy with a young Travolta, who played Vinnie Barbarino.
Hegyes also acted in Cagney and Lacey NewsRadio, Diagnosis Murder and The Drew Carey Show.