Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso, known for his lengthy career in both television and film, has died. He was 62.
Mechoso died of a heart attack on Saturday, according to the Miami Herald, which was first to report the news.
The Miami native started acting in his early 20s and quickly earned spots on popular television series throughout his career, including Seinfeld and Miami Vice. More recently, he appeared on The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy.
Mechoso also landed several roles on the big screen such as The Legend of Zorro, Jurassic Park III and Little Miss Sunshine.
Longtime friend and fellow actor Andy Garcia, penned an emotional and powerful tribute to Mechoso shortly after his death.
“How can one express the extreme loss of someone so close to you, the extreme emptiness that one feels now and forever,” he wrote in a letter, according to the Miami Herald. “A sudden loss is always unjust, but in the case of Julio Oscar Mechoso, my friend, my soul mate it is greater than that, as I have lost the truest of friends.”
“Julio is a unique and extraordinary artist. I say is, because his artistry will carry on and will be present in all that will witness it,” he continued. “That will never die.