‘Airwolf’ Star Jan-Michael Vincent Dead at 74

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His death went unreported until Friday, when TMZ published his death certificate.

Vincent had been a patient in a hospital in North Carolina at the time of his passing.

Born in Colorado and raised in Hanford, California, he went to Ventura College in Southern California after high school.

Vincent had many credits to his name, with his career spanning back to the late 1960s. Vincent was a star in the 1980s for the role he performed on the hit series Airwolf, where he played helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke during the show's four-season run. Vincent had memorable character roles in "The Mechanic" (1972), as a fellow stunt driver to Burt Reynolds in 1978's "Hooper", and the 1978 surf cult classic "Big Wednesday". He struggled with drug and alcohol problems that contributed to a career downfall after "Airwolf".

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In 2000, Vincent was forced to pay over US$350,000 as part of a default judgment made against him, after he physically assaulted a former girlfriend, causing her to miscarry their child.

Vincent is survived by his wife and daughter.

In 2014, he revealed that his right leg was amputated just below the knee in 2012 after he contracted a leg infection as a result of peripheral artery disease.

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