He was found dead on Monday in his San Francisco home. Although no official cause of death has been determined, his family says he died of heart failure.
In addition to his work on "Touched by an Angel" from 1994 to 2003, Dye appeared on the TV shows "Promised Land," "Jack's Place," "Tour of Duty" and more.
Valerie Bertinelli, who starred with Dye on "Touched by an Angel," tweeted her sorrow on hearing about his death:
Dear, sweet John Dye, rest in peace.
Kathy Ireland tweeted pictures of herself with Dye on the set of "Once Upon a Christmas," a 2000 TV movie they starred in together. She also expressed her sadness:
My friend, John Dye, of Touched by an Angel passed. I loved John. His smile, kindness , gentle heart & talent. Heartbreaking. Goodbye Angel
Watch Dye as Andrew, the angel of death, in "Touched by an Angel":
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