The sudden death of Heath Freeman (NCIS, Bones) at age 41
It was shocking and bleak. The death of Heath Freeman caught Hollywood off guard.
The actor, known for his roles in series like 'Bones' and 'NCIS,' died at the age of 41.
In 'Bones,' he was the serial killer Howard Epps, who looked quite different from the actor in his daily life.
The first person to break the news of the actor's death was Ashley Benson, star of 'Pretty Little Liars.' She wrote a simple message that made the situation immediately clear: "I’ll love you forever @heathmonster RIP."
Soon, actress and Freeman's personal friend Shanna Moakler followed with another message. She wrote on Instagram that she was "heartbroken to hear of the loss of my dear friend Heath Freeman, talented actor, director, producer, outstanding chef and a solid friend."
"You will be so dearly missed," the reality star continued, "and I will cherish every amazing memory we all had…. And we have a lot of great ones!! Godspeed."
Soon after Moakler's post, Joe S. Montifiore, the manager of Heath Freeman, confirmed the actor's death. "We are devastated by the loss," he said, adding that Freeman was "a brilliant human being, with an intense and moving spirit that leaves an indelible mark on our hearts."
(Image: an Instagram post from Heath Freeman himself, on @heathmonster)
For the moment, the cause of Freeman's death have not been disclosed. The only facts available are that he passed away while he was sleeping in his Austin, Texas residence.
His manager's statement, cited by Entertainment Weekly, also paid attention to the actor's achievements, specifically in the western 'Terror on the Prairie,' his last work. "He was extremely proud of his recent job and very excited for the next chapter in his career," the statement read.
Gina Carano worked with Heath Freeman in the upcoming movie 'Terror on the Prairie.' She said on Instagram that "Heath was really special, brave and precious, protective and graceful. It made me feel safe. He took care of everyone around him. I feel blessed to have met him when I did."
Heath Freeman had been working as an actor for 20 years. His first role was in 'ER' in 2001.
From there, he began appearing in individual episodes but also in recurring roles for famous shows like 'NCIS', 'The Closer', 'Without a Trace' and 'Raising the Bar.'
(Image: Heath Freeman as Benjamin Frank in 'NCIS,' 2003)
He became famous through the series 'Bones,' where he played the psychopath Howard Epps in 2005. The show was a global success and he was immediately recognized as the serial killer.
Freeman's most prominent works also include films such as 'Skateland' (Anthony Burns, 2010), 'Home not so sweet home' (Anthony Burns, 2015) and the recent movie 'And on the seventh day' (Justin P. Lange, 2021), besides other projects as producer, screenwriter, and actor.
The family, including his brother who's in this photo with Freeman, has not made any statements about his death. Brandon and Heath Freeman ran a production company together.
As his manager concluded, Freeman's "remarkable legacy as an extraordinarily talented son, brother, uncle, friend, actor and producer, accomplished cook and man with the most infectious and spectacular laugh will live on forever."