Actor Heath Freeman of 'Bones,' 'NCIS' dead at 41

Heath Freeman in 'Nancy Drew', 2002: Everett Collection
Heath Freeman, the actor best known for playing serial killer Howard Epps across two seasons of Bones, has died at 41. Reality TV star and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler was the first to post about Freeman’s death. His manager Joe S. Montifiore confirmed the news.

"We are truly devastated at the loss of our beloved Heath Freeman. A brilliant human being with an intense and soulful spirit, he leaves us with an indelible imprint in our hearts," Montifiore's statement read.

"His life was filled with deep loyalty, affection, and generosity towards his family and friends, and an extraordinary zest for life." "He was extremely proud of his recent film work and was very excited for the next chapter of his career," the statement said.

The statement added: "His remarkable legacy as a son, brother, uncle, friend, extraordinarily gifted actor and producer, consummate cook, and man with the most infectious and spectacular laugh, will live on forever. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him."

Per NBC News, no cause of death has yet been determined. News of the actor’s passing was confirmed by Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson on social media.

She posted a picture of the two of them along with a heartbreak emoji and the caption: "I'll love you forever @heathmonster RIP."

Travis Barker’s ex-wife Shanna Moakler also paid tribute to Freeman on Instagram: "Heartbroken to hear of the loss of my dear friend Heath Freeman, talented actor, director, producer, outstanding chef and a solid friend."

Shane West, star of Gotham, A Walk to Remember, and Nikita also paid tribute, re-sharing a photo that said "I love you so much."

Freeman is also set to appear in the upcoming film Devil's Fruit, which is currently in post-production.

Freeman's first credit on IMDb was hit NBC series ER, in which he guest-starred as Kevin in a 2001 episode. Other notable appearances include Benjamin Frank in a 2003 episode of NCIS, as well as the role of Gavin Dillon in Raising the Bar from 2007 to 2009.

Freeman also co-wrote Skateland which he also starred in alongside Twilight actress Ashley Greene and Joker star Brett Cullen.
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