You may know him as Hugh on the wildly popular show “Sons of Anarchy,” or from earlier roles such as Keith McGrath in the drama series “Fair City.” Sadly, Alan O’Neil has passed away. He will be missed.
O’Neil was found dead outside his Los Angeles apartment Wednesday night. He was discovered by his girlfriend.
According to Variety, the Irish-born actor had a history of chronic heart problems. He was also a heavy smoker and he struggled with a drinking problem.
TMZ reports that as of Friday, no foul play is suspected in the actor’s death, but an autopsy will be completed soon to determine his cause of death. He was only 47.
“I’ll personally miss knowing Alan isn’t sharing the planet with us any longer,’ said his agent Annette Walsh, who described him as brilliant and funny. “Despite the miles between L.A. and Dublin, Alan was only ever a phone call away.”
O’Neil made his acting debut in the 1997 TV movie “Ballyseedy” as Captain Jim Clarke. He followed up with a run on the 2001 mini-series “Rebel Heart.”
In 2002 he starred in the short “Strangers in the Night” as Tony, the psychotic ex-boyfriend. Then, in 207, he starred as Paddy in “32A” and then Robert in “Moore Street Masala.”
In 2010 he appeared on “Undercovers” and in 2012, “Shadow Dancer” and “Invisible.” Most recently, he played Captain in “Urge” in 2016.
Please pray for his family during this difficult time. Be sure to read about Franklin Graham’s thoughts on the saddest part of Kate Spade’s suicide.