‘Bones’ and ‘NCIS’ actor Heath Freeman dead at 41 (…died in his sleep…)

Heath Freeman

Heath Freeman, best known for playing murderer Howard Epps on the Fox series “Bones,” has died. He was 41.

The official cause of death has not been released, although the son of Daniel Day-Lewis, Gabriel Kane, posted on Instagram that “the man I got to know as my older set brother tragically passed away in his sleep.”

“We are truly devastated at the loss of our beloved Heath Freeman. A brilliant human being with an intense and soulful spirit, he leaves us with an indelible imprint in our hearts,” Montifiore said in a statement obtained by People. “His life was filled with deep loyalty, affection, and generosity toward his family and friends, and an extraordinary zest for life.”

The statement continued, “He was extremely proud of his recent film work and was very excited for the next chapter of his career.”

“His remarkable legacy as a son, brother, uncle, friend, extraordinarily gifted actor and producer, consummate cook, and man with the most infectious and spectacular laugh, will live on forever,” Montifiore concluded. “May his memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him.”

Freeman’s other acting credits include guest spots on “ER,” “NCIS,” “Raising the Bar” and “Without a Trace.”