It was sad to hear that one of my favorites from the cast of “Welcome Back Kotter” died today. Robert Hegyes played the fun-loving Jewish Puerto Rican “Juan Epstein”, and one of the “Sweathogs”, in the 70’s hit sitcom.
According to news reports, he suffered from a sudden heart attack in his New Jersey home. Hegyes was only 60-year-old.
It was one of my favorite shows as a kid and he was extremely talented and funny. The show pushed his co-star John Travolta to mega stardom and also starred Gabe Kaplan.
R.I.P Robert…your show will continue to keep us laughing for many years to come.