Meszaros also appeared in 1988's Big Top Pee-wee

By Brittany King
June 13, 2016 04:20 PM

Michu Meszaros, who portrayed ALF in the same-named ’80s sitcom, has died.

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the actor was taken to a Los Angeles hospital last week after his longtime manager, Dennis Varga, discovered him unresponsive in his bathroom.

The 2-ft., 9-in. Hungarian-born performer was hired by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus early in his career before he landed roles in multiple films and ALF. During that time, Meszaros wore the fuzzy brown costume when ever they needed action shots of the puppet even though the iconic character was created and voiced by puppeteer Paul Fusco.

Michu Meszaros
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A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for the actor’s funeral and medical bills.

According the page, Meszaros was a close friend of Michael Jackson and became a frequent guest at his Neverland Ranch.