By Aaron Couch
March 01, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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Former American Gladiators star Lee Reherman was found dead in his Manhattan Beach, California home early Tuesday, his publicist announced. He was 49.

The star was known for his work as Hawk on American Gladiators from 1993–1996.

A rep for Reherman told TMZ the actor had complained of “not feeling well” during the week leading up to his death and that he was recovering from a hip replacement surgery that took place several weeks ago.

Reherman was a Louisville, Kentucky native and held an MBA from Cornell University, where he also played football. He was pursuing a business PhD at UCLA in the ’90s when his Hollywood career took off.

His recent work includes playing Secret Service Agent Ross Hardison on the syndicated TV show The First Family as well as a guest role on Jane The Virgin and a recurring role on K.C. Undercover. He also appeared on the big screen in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

“Lee Reherman is loved by everyone who knew him and worked with him and he will be missed by all,” his publicist said in a statement.

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