AceShowbiz - Actor Morgan Stevens has passed away. The TV star, best known for his role as teacher David Reardon during two seasons of "Fame" (1982-1984), died at his home on Wednesday, January 26.
According to TMZ, Morgan was missing for several days before he was found dead in the kitchen. A neighbor called authorities to do a wellness check after he had not been seen in a few days. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of death has not been revealed yet, but no foul play is suspected. He most likely died of natural causes. He was 70 years old.
No official statement has been released, but tributes have poured in on social media. "Damn I had a huge crush on him," one person tweeted. Another simply wrote, "RIP."
Throughout his career, which spanned almost three decades, Morgan appeared on a number of TV series and shows. He was known for portraying Jack Gardner on the miniseries and subsequent series "A Year in the Life" (1986-1988) and for his role as Les Bostic on "Murder One".
He also appeared in seven episodes of "Melrose Place" as Nick Diamond. His last TV credit was his role as Principal Max Hanson in a 1999 episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger".
Little is known about Morgan's life since he stepped away from the show business, but he was a victim of alleged police brutality when he was arrested for an alleged DUI in the '90s. He said that after waiting for 90 minutes in a jail cell, he refused to return the shirt that was given. That reportedly prompted two officers to kick and beat him over two dozen times.
Morgan left jail with a broken nose, a fractured cheek, a dislocated jaw and nerve damage as a result. He then sued and an out-of-court settlement was reached.