Child TV star found dead in car alongside pet dog as cops probe heatwave link

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Former child star Benji Gregory, known for his role in the 1980s sitcom Alf, has tragically been found dead in his car at the age of 46.

The actor, whose real name was Benjamin Gregory Hertzberg, died on June 13 in Phoenix, US, as confirmed by records from the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner.

The actor's cause of death is currently under investigation.

Gregory's sister, Rebecca Pfaffinger, revealed to The New York Times that her brother was found deceased in his car in a bank car park in Peoria, just outside of Phoenix. He had reportedly gone there to deposit some residual cheques.

Tragically, his dog Hans also passed away in the vehicle.

Benji Gregory
Benji, 46, was found dead in his car alongside his deceased dog last month -Credit:Instagram

It remains unclear whether the intense summer heat in Arizona contributed to Gregory's death.

On the day he died, temperatures in metro Phoenix reached a scorching 42.2C, according to National Weather Service records.

Gregory shot to fame at just eight years old when he landed the role of Brian Tanner on the NBC show Alf, which centred around a family who took in a hairy alien life form after its spaceship crashed on Earth.

In addition to Alf, Gregory also appeared in commercials and other TV shows, including The A-Team and Fantasy Island.

Later in life, Gregory served in the US Navy as an aerographer's mate, where he tracked weather patterns for aviation and nautical safety, as per the entertainment database IMDb.

Details regarding additional survivors or a memorial service have not been released.

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