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

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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  • josh

    that sucks. i never liked the character of Lorne too much but he seemed like a great guy and was always real involved with the fans. way too young

  • Keri

    Very sad news – I always liked the character -I thought he brought real warmth to the show, and he was of course very talented. My prayers go out to the family.

  • Merry

    Oh, I’ll love you Lornytoons!

  • Lis

    I’ll always love you too, Andy/Lorne.

  • Beetlebury

    I am in total shock. I LOVED the character of Lorne. Andy was way too young.

  • jenjen

    That is really sad. I loved his character on Angel and it had to be rough going dealing with this disease the last few years.

  • Jewels

    awww :( So young. Never will be forgotten. He was great as Lorne. Really made the show that much more.. you will be missed

  • Ryan

    That is so sad. He was great on Angel and a terrific singer too. He will be missed.

  • Ali

    This is so unfortunate. I loved Lorne. So sad to see Andy go at such a young age.

  • Bette

    Not Krevlornswatch of the Deathwok Clan! One of my favorite Whedon characters. This is so sad. He will be missed!

  • Stella Cadente

    My thoughts and prayers to his family, and all of us fans who adored him as Lorne. I don’t think anyone else could have done that character as perfectly as Andy did. This is very sad.

  • Kevin

    Angel can never be human now that his heart is gone. Rest in peace Andy.

  • Lisa

    I will miss him terribly. I had the honor of meeting him and singing karaoke together at a Convention in 2002. He was a great guy.

  • Lisa

    This is very sad news! I loved Andy Hallett!

  • Andy

    This is sad news. You could tell that Andy was a very talented guy when you watched him on Angel. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

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