What was the cause of death for Art LaFleur?
TRIBUTES have poured in since Art LaFleur’s death.
Following a long battle with illness, the much-loved actor, best known for playing Babe Ruth in the iconic baseball film The Sandlot, passed away.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Art LaFleur was born in 1943 in Gary, Indiana, and played college football in the 1960s.
He didn’t start acting until 1975, when he moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, starring in Rescue From Gilligan’s Island (1978) and making appearances on Charlie’s Angels, Lou Grant, and MASH.
Art rose to prominence after portraying Babe Ruth in the 1993 classic family film The Sandlot, and went on to play roles in other baseball-themed films such as 1989’s Field of Dreams.
The Blob, A Cinderella Story, Speed Racer, and House Hunting are among his other acting credits.
Art made appearances on episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, The Bernie Mac Show, and JAG on television.
According to his wife, Shelley, Art died on November 17, 2021, after a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
At the age of 78, the actor died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.
Shelley and Art had been married for 43 years.
The couple married for the first time on September 4, 1981.
“He (Art) brought laughter to so many people as Babe Ruth in the Sandlot, The Tooth Fairy in The Santa Clause 2 and 3, and Chick Gandil in Field of Dreams to name a few,” Shelley wrote on Instagram in a heartfelt tribute.
“He was a generous and selfless man, and it showed in his acting, but it was most importantly who he was to his family and friends.”
“I was extremely fortunate to have had a 43-year relationship with a man who cherished and adored me,” she continued.
“Art was bigger than life, and it meant everything to us.”
There are rumors that Art and Shelley had two children together, but little else is known about them.
After his death was announced, fans flocked to pay their respects.
“Rest in peace, Art LaFleur,” one person wrote.
“A large character actor who was frequently cast in roles as big softies and baseball players.”
“Rest in peace, Art LaFleur,” one person said.
“Aw, man,” a third said.
Art LaFleur, may you rest in peace.
Whenever he appeared in a film, it always made me smile.”