"I like the role because death isn't something we talk about much in America," Dye wrote in a 1997 compilation of "Touched by an Angel" scripts."As a nation, we find it difficult to mourn or grieve, labeling tears a sign of weakness.Because of that, Andrew is a rather loud character, helping us face something we would rather ignore." "Dear, sweet John Dye, rest in peace," costar Valerie Bertinelli said Tuesday on Twitter.Dye joined Roma Downey and Della Reese on "Touched" -- in which heavenly messengers helped people get through tough patches in life -- as a sort of angel of death, though his role evolved.
In 1989, he starred alongside actors James Earl Jones and Eric Roberts in the martial-arts drama Best of the Best.
As the heart's pumping ability declines, blood can back up in other areas of the body, damaging organs and causing fluid buildup in the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and the arms and legs.
Heart failure often develops gradually in the aftermath of a heart attack, though it can also come on suddenly - sometimes the result of an infection.
Dye also appeared in the spinoff "Promised Land" and had regular roles in the prime-time TV series "Hotel Malibu," "Jack's Place" and "Tour of Duty." A memorial service is planned for Jan. Andrew's United Methodist Church,in Amory, Miss., Dye's hometown. Dead on arrival -- Christie D' Zurilla The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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