Benji Gregory, ‘ALF’ child star, dies of suspected heatstroke in his car in Arizona, sister says

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Benji Gregory, nan kid character who starred successful nan 1980s sitcom "ALF," has died astatine nan property of 46, according to his sister.

Gregory was recovered dead, on pinch his work dog, successful his car connected June 13, his sister Rebecca Hertzberg-Pfaffinger wrote connected Facebook. 

His conveyance was successful a slope parking batch successful Peoria, Arizona, nan New York Times reported. Hertzberg-Pfaffinger said nan family believes he went location nan evening of June 12 to deposit immoderate residual checks recovered successful his vehicle, but “never sewage retired of nan car to do so.”

“He fell dormant and died from vehicular heatstroke,” she wrote.

At nan time, Arizona was successful nan midst of a heatwave pinch a precocious of 108 recorded nan 12th and 111 recorded nan 13th, according to AccuWeather.

“Ben was a awesome Son, Brother and Uncle. He was nosy to beryllium astir and made america laughter rather often. Still, going done his things, I find myself laughing astatine small videos aliases notes of his, successful betwixt crying,” his sister wrote. 

Maricopa County Medical Examiner records show he died June 13, but nan mode of decease and superior origin of decease are pending. 

Gregory was known for playing nan bright-eyed Brian Tanner connected “ALF,” which aired from 1986 to 1990. The show followed nan communicative of a furry alien dubbed Alf — short for "Alien Life Form" — from nan satellite Melmac, who clang landed into nan Tanner family’s car shed successful California and was taken successful by nan family. 

Gregory was calved Benjamin Gregory Hertzberg successful Encino, California, connected May 26, 1978, according to his IMDb profile. He grew up connected camera appearing successful commercials, and went connected to impermanent prima connected shows for illustration “The A-Team” and “The Twilight Zone,” and appeared successful nan movies for illustration nan 1986 movie “Jumpin’ Jack Flash" with Whoopi Goldberg and nan 1991 movie “Never Forget.”

However, he stopped acting astir nan extremity of nan '90s. He went connected to subordinate nan U.S. Navy serving astatine Keesler Air Force Base successful Biloxi, Mississippi, his IMDb floor plan said. 

His sister told nan Times he lived pinch bipolar upset and slump and had received attraction for both. 

Marlene Lenthang

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