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'Angel' star Andy Hallett, 33, dies of heart failure

by Christine Spines

Actor and musician Andy Hallett died on Sunday night at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. He was 33 and had endured a five-year battle with congestive heart disease. Hallett was best known as Lorne, the friendly demon who reads people when they open up at the karaoke mic, on the TV series Angel. It was a role that show creator Joss Whedon wrote specifically for Hallett, after Whedon saw the entertainer performing the blues at a Los Angeles nightclub.

In 2004, just as Angel's run was ending, Hallett saw a doctor after suffering debilitating fatigue and learned that he had the degenerative disease. Too tired to take on acting work, he shifted back to singing occasionally around town and attending fan conventions when he could. He is survived by his father, Dave Hallett, who was at his bedside and will hold the funeral near his home in Cape Cod, Mass.

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Oh god, thats awful. I had no idea he was in bad shape. Lorne was a fantastic character and Hallet performed in a way that would have been nigh-on impossible for another actor to replicate. He was one of a kind.

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Oh, that's... awful, and I think it adds a touch to the way Whedon wrote Lorne out of the last episode. Great actor, a shame to lose him.

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Oh. Oh, wow. That's just... well, awful, as everyone else around me has said.

I only knew him as Lorne, but he was an awesome character. Wish I could've seen him in more. He will be missed.

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