‘ALF’ Child Star Benji Gregory Dies at 46

Benji Gregory, best known for his role on ALF, has died. He was 46.

On June 13, the late actor was found dead in his car in the parking lot of a Chase Bank located in Peoria, Arizona, according to TMZ. The outlet reported those closest to Gregory believe that he was visiting the bank to deposit checks the day before when he fell asleep in his car.

They believe that he died from vehicular heatstroke. The temperature rose as high as 109 degrees on June 12 where he was in Arizona. The outlet also noted that his service dog, Hans, was also found deceased in the vehicle.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office told ABC7 Los Angeles that his cause of death is still pending.

Benji Gregory on ‘ALF’.

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Rebecca Hertzberg-Pfaffinger, his older sister, told TMZ that Gregory was faced depression, bipolar disorder and a sleep disorder that kept him awake for days.

PEOPLE has reached out to Hertzberg-Pfaffinger for comment.

The late actor rose to fame playing Brian Tanner in 101 episodes of ALF from 1986 to 1990. It followed the title character — whose acronym stands for “Alien Life Form” but is actually named Gordon Shumway — after he crashed into the garage of the Tanner family’s suburban home. Puppeteer Paul Fusco, who co-created the series with Tom Patchett, was behind the iconic performance.

In 2018, Warner Bros. shared that it was in the early stages of creating a reboot. However, the plans were canceled later that same year after failing to find a home for the project. In February, Shout! Factory announced that it had acquired the rights to ALF and would be developing new related content.

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ALF is available to stream now on Peacock and Amazon Prime.

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