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PASSINGS: Robert Hegyes
PASSINGS: Robert Hegyes

Robert Hegyes, an actor whose Jewish-Puerto Rican character Juan Epstein was one of the Sweathogs on the 1970s TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Thursday of a heart attack in New Jersey. He was 60. A resident of Metuchen, N.J., Hegyes arrived at JFK Medical Center in nearby Edison in full cardiac arrest and died there, hospital spokesman Steven Weiss confirmed. Hegyes, who had a mop of dark curly hair, was one of the wise-cracking students — with John Travolta, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Ron Palillo — at a Brooklyn high school who were mentored by their teacher, played by Gabe Kaplan. It aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979. Of Hungarian and Italian descent, Hegyes...

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