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Alf star Benji Gregory dead aged 46 after being found in Chase parking lot as sister reveals heartbreaking details


FORMER child star Benji Gregory died at the age of 46.

Benji Gregory, the child star on the hit sitcom Alf, was found dead on June 13 in Arizona.

Benji Gregory, who played Brian Tanner in Alf, died at the age of 46

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Benji Gregory, who played Brian Tanner in Alf, died at the age of 46Credit: NBC
The actor was found dead in his car outside a Chase Bank in Arizona

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The actor was found dead in his car outside a Chase Bank in ArizonaCredit: Instagram / Benji Gregory

Gregory’s sister Rebecca reported he was found dead in his car outside a Chase Bank, TMZ reported.

The actor’s cause of death is still yet to be revealed, but his sister said the star suffered from depression, bipolar disorder, and a sleep disorder.

Although nothing has been confirmed, people close to Gregory suspect that he went to the bank on June 12 to deposit residual checks, fell asleep, then died of heat stroke.

The Alf star’s service dog Hans, who accompanied him to the bank, died also.

The star first posted a picture of his adorable pug in March 2021, with a close-up picture of his face and the simple caption “Hans.”

The actor last posted a picture of a sidewalk with the caption, “Wish my dog, Hans, would grow out of this ‘tagging’ phase already.”

The picture was posted on April 10, but fans who kept up with the actor’s life found it strange that he hasn’t posted since then.

In May, one fan commented, “Hey buddy! I hope you’re well. I notice you haven’t posted for a while–I hope that doesn’t mean the Black Dog has turned up for a visit.”

“Been there, my friend. Thinking of you; stay happy.”

After Gregory’s death was announced, fans rushed to his Instagram to express their condolences and heartbreak over the loss of both the actor and his dog.

“RIP Ben. RIP Hans. My sincere condolences to your loved ones,” one fan commented under the post.

Rebecca told TMZ, “their family is grieving a great loss and appreciate everyone’s thoughts and kind words.”

She asks people to donate in Benji’s name to The Actors Equity Foundation or ASPCA, two charities he loved.

From 1986-1990, Gregory played the role of Brian Tanner on the sitcom Alf.

The show, which ran for over 100 episodes, followed the Tanner family, who took in the alien, Alf, after he crashed into their California home.

Throughout the four season series, the Tanner family made it their mission to hide Alf from curious neighbors and government agencies.

As Gregory played the role of Brian Tanner, he took on some other acting roles at the same time.

His other roles include appearances in Fantastic Max, The A-Team, and The Twilight Zone, Daily Mail reported.

He also voiced Edgar the Mole in the animated film Once Upon a Forest.

While he played parts in other shows and films, Gregory’s role as Brian Tanner seems to still resonate with audiences.

Last year, the actor posted a picture of headshots of his younger self along with letters from fans spread out across his table.

“Finally taking care of all the autograph requests from the last couple of months,” he captioned the photo.

Dozens of fans from all over the world commented on the post.

“Hi Benji,” one fan commented.

“Greetings from Argentina! I am still watching Alf these days! The show is so popular here!”

“Wish you the best!”

Gregory didn’t continue his acting career much longer after Alf wrapped up.

In 2003 Gregory made a drastic career shift as he enlisted in the United States Navy.

The former actor served in the Navy until he was released with an honorable medical discharge in 2005.

“Lover of dogs, traveling, late-night runs, music, podcasts, Navy, bipolar, major depression disorder, GAD, ALF, VR, Nike, Cinema 4D, Creative Cloud,” the star’s Instagram bio read.

The U.S. Sun contacted the Peoria Police Department and the Maricopa County Medical Examiner for more information.

Gregory played Brian Tanner for over 100 episodes

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Gregory played Brian Tanner for over 100 episodesCredit: Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
Alf followed the story of the Tanner family who took in the alien Alf after he crashed into their California home

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Alf followed the story of the Tanner family who took in the alien Alf after he crashed into their California homeCredit: NBC
The family had to hide Alf from neighbors and government agencies searching for him

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The family had to hide Alf from neighbors and government agencies searching for himCredit: NBC
Decades after the show ended, fans still sent fan mail to Gregory's home

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Decades after the show ended, fans still sent fan mail to Gregory’s homeCredit: NBC





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