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‘The Sandlot’ and ‘Field Of Dreams’ actor Art LaFleur’s cause of death has been followed by many questions after he passed away on November 17, 2021, at the age of 78. May he rest in peace.

The heartbreaking news was first confirmed in a statement released on social media on Thursday by LaFleur’s wife, Shelley, announcing, “This guy… After a 10 year battle with A-typical Parkinson’s, Art LaFleur, the love of my life passed away.”

She added in the Facebook post alongside a photo of the couple, “He was a generous and selfless man which carried over to his acting but more importantly it was who he was for his family and friends. Every location or set we visited him on, the cast and crew would introduce themselves and tell Molly, Joe, and me how Art spoke of us with such pride and love. He was never happier than the day this picture was taken, when Glenda LaFleur, who he was overjoyed to have as a daughter, joined our family.”

Art LaFleur, the veteran character actor best known for playing Babe Ruth in The Sandlot, has died at the age of 78, following a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The statement contained, “I was so very lucky to have had a 43-year relationship with a man who cherished me and who I adored. Art was larger than life and meant the world to us.”

Born in 1943 in Gary, Indiana, LaFleur played American football at the University of Kentucky in the early 1960s before becoming a famous actor.

Art LaFleur started his career in small screen and big screen as an actor, following initially going to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. He appeared in his first role in the 1978 TV movie Rescue From Gilligan’s Island, accompanied by an episode of Charlie’s Angels.

The star had a long list of TV credits, with starring on The A-Team, Baywatch, Coach, M*A*S*H, The Incredible Hulk, Doogie Howser, ER, Hill Street Blues, Home Improvement, House, JAG, Northern Exposure, and Thirtysomething.


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The Serve Disease Became Art LaFleur’s Cause of Death

A-typical Parkinson’s was reported as Art LaFleur’s cause of death; he was suffering from the disease for above 10 years. The actor breathed his last peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family.

Art and Shelley had lived together for 43 years. The couple first married on September 4, 1981. They reportedly shared two children together, nevertheless, no more information is available at this time.

RIP to the great character actor Art LaFleur. Ironically I was watching him as the “Molinator” in Santa Claus 2 when I heard he passed. One of the nicest men to ever join us @ChillerTheatre
was always a pleasure talking to him.

Good to mention that, his latest TV roles included:

  • Cold Case
  • The Mentalist
  • Malcolm In The Middle
  • The Bernie Mac Show
  • Key And Peele.

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He was well known for playing the spirit of baseball legend Babe Ruth in the family comedy film The Sandlot, in which he produced probably his most iconic line: “Remember kid, there are heroes and there’s Legends. Heroes get remembered, but Legends never die.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Art LaFleur’s family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him; Fans widely ask, “what happened to the actor?” So if you have any related information about his passing, please share it with us.


Fans React to News of Art LaFleur’s Passing

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Soon after the tragic news was released, many fans and friends of the actor shared their tributes on their social media accounts:

Someone wrote, “We are saddened to hear about the passing of actor Art LaFleur who was known for roles in ‘The Sandlot’ and ‘Field of Dreams.’ Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family at this time.”

Another said, “Famed character actor Art LaFleur has passed away at 78. He is best known as Babe Ruth in The Sandlot. We became friends in 2007 as he played football at UK and was part of The Thin Thirty, and my book about it. A gem of a guy.”

A fan also wrote, “Sad news. Art LaFleur has died. A terrific character actor that guest-starred on every show in my formative years. My faves from his body of work: TRANCERS and his guest role as swami T’ish Magev on ANGEL. To quote him from SANDLOT: “…Legends never die!”. True.”

A user tweeted, “RIP to family friend and longtime noted Hollywood actor Art LaFleur. One of my favorite faces from childhood; we always watched to see what he’d be in next. A wonderful professional and a great man.”

Another user additionally shared a heart-touching tribute on Twitter, “I am sad to hear that my friend Art LaFleur passed away. So many in my world know him as The Babe from The Sandlot or the Tooth Fairy in The Santa Clause, but he’ll always be my friend. He also made one of my career dreams (designing a bobblehead) come true. Rest east, Art.”


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