Actor John Heard, best known for his role as the father in the movie "Home Alone," died of natural causes, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said today in a press release.
Heard, 71, was found in a Palo Alto hotel room on July 21 at about 2:11 p.m. by a maid at the Sheraton Hotel at 625 El Camino Real, according to a report from celebrity news website TMZ. He was recovering from back surgery he had at Stanford Medical Center and police pronounced dead at the scene, according to TMZ.
"Mr. Heard died a sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease. Mr. Heard's recent back surgery did not play a role in his death. The manner of death is natural," the coroner's office said in the statement.
There were no signs of foul play in Heard's death, according to the medical examiner's office. Toxicology tests followed an initial autopsy, and medications were apparently not a factor in his death.