‘Alf’ star Benji Gregory dies at 46 amid Arizona heat wave

Benji Gregory, who starred in the TV hit Alf, has died at 46.

That was confirmed by Gregory’s sister, Rebecca TMZ that his body was discovered June 13 in his car outside a Chase Bank in Peoria, Arizona. The store added that loved ones believe he was there dropping off checks the day before, fell asleep in his car and possibly died from the heat. His service dog, Hans, was also found dead in the vehicle.

According to DeadlineGregory’s death has been confirmed by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office, but the official cause remains unknown.

Rebecca also told the outlet that Gregory was dealing with depression, bipolar disorder and a sleep disorder.

Camille Jazzy Jenkins, a cousin of Gregory, took to Facebook Wednesday and paid tribute to the late actor. “In utter grief and shock, our family has lost one of the most beloved and wonderful men in our little circle,” Jenkins wrote in his post. She also cited “heat exhaustion” as the cause of death.

“It has taken some time to process and come to terms with our loss,” the statement added. “We are not okay… but take comfort knowing he is with his grandmothers. Please keep his sister, brother and parents in your prayers.”

Arizona has endured oppressive heat in recent weeks. Last month, the National Weather Service confirmed that June was the hottest June on record in the city of Phoenix, with an average temperature of 97 degrees.

Gregory starred in all 103 episodes of the children’s series that ran from 1986 to 1990. It featured ALF, aka Alien Life Form, a furry creature who is almost adopted by the Tanner family whose house his spaceship crashed into. Gregory played Brian Tanner, the family’s son . His stint on the show was his last acting gig, and according to TMZ, he later became a service member in the Navy. He was honorably discharged in 2005.

In a 2022 YouTube interview on the BTM Legends Corner channel, Gregory spoke more about his time on the sitcom. “Actually, I don’t really remember a moment or anything like that where I became aware Alf be a big hit. I remember they took in the Nielsen ratings the day after they came out, so we were always competing with a show called Major Dad.” “We usually won that slot,” Gregory added.

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