Jan-Michael Vincent, star of the fan-favorite 1980s action show ‘Airwolf’, has passed away at the age of 74.
According to his death certificate Vincent died on February 10, but news of his death has only just been made public.
For nearly 3 decades Vincent soared in TV classics including “Lassie,” “Gunsmoke,” and “Bonanza” while also appearing on the silver screen opposite stars like Charles Bronson in “The Mechanic” and Burt Reynolds in “Hooper,” but he truly became a star when “Airwolf” became a hit on CBS in the 1980s.
Vincent was paid $200,000 per episode for his role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke, but a life of drug abuse brought his stardom to an end after only a three seasons.
Just a few years ago Vincent attempted to make a comeback in the 2002 film “White Boy,” but he formally retired from acting in 2009.
In 2012 he nearly died from a infection that cost him his right leg.
On February 10, 2019, Vincent died after suffering a heart attack while he was a patient in a North Carolina hospital. No autopsy was performed and Vincent was later cremated. He is survived by his third wife, Patricia Ann Christ.