Actor Heath Freeman has died, aged 41, according to US media reports.
The news was posted online by reality TV star Shanna Moakler, a former Miss USA and ex-wife of Travis Barker.
Moakler revealed the Bones actor had “passed in his sleep yesterday in his home in Austin”.
Freeman’s death was subsequently confirmed in a statement to Deadline by his manager Joe S. Montifiore.
“We are truly devastated at the loss of our beloved Heath Freeman,” Montifore said in a statement.
“A brilliant human being with an intense and soulful spirit, he leaves us with an indelible imprint in our hearts. 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. 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.”
Freeman appeared in a number of big series, featuring in ER in 2001 and in NCIS in 2003, but was best known for his role on Bones, where he played serial killer Howard Epps for two seasons.
The 41-year-old’s cause of death remains unknown.
“Heartbroken to hear of the loss of my dear friend Heath Freeman, talented actor, director, producer, outstanding chef and a solid friend,” Moakler wrote in a tribute on Instagram.
“You will be so dearly missed and I will cherish every amazing memory we all had…. and we have a lot of great ones!! Godspeed.”