John Heard laid to rest beside his late son Max who died six months before him
The actor passed away last month (Picture: FilmMagic)

John Heard has been buried next to his son Max, who tragically passed away following an overdose at the age of 22 in December last year.

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The Home Alone actor passed away on July 21 aged 72 in his hotel room in Palo Alto, California after his body was found by the maid service, according to a source close to the family. Following the arrival of the paramedics, John was pronounced dead at the scene.

His ex-wife Lana Pritchard confirmed that he was laid to rest beside his son in a plot at the Lady Of Hope Church in Massachusetts.

Lana told Radar Online: ‘John was laid to rest next to Max which was a sweet gesture. The funeral was arranged by his sister, Cordis, and only a very few family were in attendance.

Max Heard
Max Heard died in December at the age of 22 (Picture: Ian West)

‘I co-operated with the family the best I could after his sudden death but we are totally in the dark about any will and testament John may have had.

‘I’m sad because I would have liked to have paid my respects as I was very close to him right up until he died although there could be a service to commemorate him by his friends in Los Angeles later this month.’

Although John’s cause of death is said to be unclear, police aren’t treating it as suspicious.

A rep for the late actor previously confirmed he was staying in the hotel to recover after undergoing a ‘minor back surgery’ at Stanford Medical Centre earlier in the week.

Heard began his career in Hollywood in the late 1970s, with his debut role in Chilly Scenes of Winter followed by Heart Beat and Cutter’s Way which has become a classic in recent years. From there, Heard went on to star in the likes of C.H.U.D., Cat People, After Hours, Big and Beaches.

However, he is best known for starring in popular American drama series The Sopranos and playing Macaulay Culkin’s father in 1990 film Home Alone and in the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Heard’s team has been contacted for comment.

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