Sad news, indeed. After Robert Hegyes’ death earlier this year, we’ve lost another sweathog. Ron Palillo, aka Arnold Horshack from “Welcome Back, Kotter,” passed away this morning at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Ron Palillo's agent confirms to #CNN the "Welcome Back, Kotter" actor died of a heart attack, remembers him as "upbeat, fun, a great friend"
— David Daniel (@CNNLADavid) August 14, 2012
Tributes to Gabe Kotter’s most enthusiastic student poured in:
Anyone seen Freddie Boom Boom Washington? Sweat Hogs are dropping like John Travolta pants in the East Village. Goodbye Arnold Horshack
— Gary Michaels (@GaryMichaelsNY) August 14, 2012
Aww gosh. Someone else i really loved as a kid has passed. Too young! http://t.co/uc6w12kX
— Cheryl Rice (@CherylRice) August 14, 2012
— anniewood (@anniewood) August 14, 2012
— Jessie V. (@Surfer567Rosa) August 14, 2012
Very very sad day. I just read the Arnold Horshack (Ron Palillo) has died. I LOVED him. My fave Sweathog.
— Tomi Hughes Morris (@tomitweets) August 14, 2012
The most annoying but distinctive laugh of my youth. RIP Horshack: Ron Palillo, Horshack on 'Welcome Back, Kotter' dies http://t.co/AtgZZCK8
— Mitchell Plitnick (@MJPlitnick) August 14, 2012
— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) August 14, 2012
RIP Ron Palilo aka Horshack on WELCOME BACK KOTTER. May your hand be raised in Heaven now. http://t.co/UxugzBZZ
— Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer) August 14, 2012
Hopefully God has a sense of humor when Horshack raises his hand with a question in heaven. RIP Ron Palillo. http://t.co/5mZUBy4a
— Sir Guy of Gisbourne (@SirGuyGisbourne) August 14, 2012
— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) August 14, 2012
Thoughts also go out to the family of Ron Palillo today. My best, Bill
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 14, 2012
Oh no, first Epstein, now Horshack! I might just shed a tear over this one. He was my favorite. RIP Ron Palillo – http://t.co/unt6TOwo
— Lovin' Lyrics (Jenn) (@lovinlyrics) August 14, 2012
Raise a glass — and raise your hand — in Palillo’s honor.