The Untimely Passing Of Philip McKeon, Nancy McKeon’s Brother And Alice Actor, Explained

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Remembered by many as Tommy Hyatt from the classic CBS sitcom ‘Alice,’ Philip McKeon’s untimely passing in 2019 continues to echo through the entertainment world. As we look back on his life and career, the actor’s loss is still felt by his fans.

McKeon’s Career Before His Passing


McKeon started his acting journey at an early age, showcasing his talent on stage and catching the eye of a talent scout. This fortunate discovery led to his role as Tommy Hyatt in the sitcom ‘Alice,’ a character he portrayed from 1976 to 1985. McKeon’s charming performance made him a beloved figure on American television.

Beyond ‘Alice,’ McKeon had a diversified career in entertainment. The actor explored different mediums and genres, leaving his mark also in radio — he spent a decade as a radio host at KFWB News 98 in Los Angeles.

However, McKeon’s career was tragically cut short due to health concerns. He passed away on December 10, 2019.

Philip McKeon’s Cause of Death


McKeon’s untimely passing came as a tragic surprise to his fans, colleagues, and the broader entertainment community. The actor was just 55 years old at the time of his death, and he died two months after his father passed away.

Reportedly, the actor succumbed to a prolonged, undisclosed illness. Out of respect for McKeon and his family’s privacy, the details of this illness have never been revealed to the public. However, it is known that his health battle was a challenging one, stretching over a significant period.

His family, including his younger sister, Nancy McKeon, were devastated after the news. As per People, a source said:

“She’s devastated. She and Philip were very, very close. The whole family is going to cling together and find comfort in each other during this time. My heart goes out to them.”

The actor is survived by his sister Nancy and his mother Barbara.

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