It comes with great sadness to report such devastating news. A beloved actor and recipient of two Purple Hearts was found dead inside his home by his neighbor.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. Many fans have poured out their condolences to the family over social media sites. Many celebrities and people working in the entertainment industry have shared heartfelt tributes over Twitter as well.
The military hero and beloved actor Al Matthews has passed away, according to the "Independent." He was 75 years old when he died.
According to multiple reports, Matthews was found dead inside his home in Orihuela Costa, in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante, on Sunday after a neighbor discovered his body. The neighbor called emergency services.
Matthews was born in Brooklyn in 1942 and later entered the military as a Marine in the Vietnam War.
"I hold thirteen combat awards and decorations, including two purple hearts," his website read. "I was the first black Marine in the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam to be meritoriously promoted to the rank of sergeant."
Matthews retired in Spain in 2005 after his extensive career as an actor. In 1983, he appeared in "Superman III," and in 1997 he was in "The Fifth Element" and "Tomorrow Never Dies." But he was best known for his role as Sergeant Apone in "Aliens" in 1986.
About 27 years later, he provided his recognizable voice in the same character in the popular video game, "Aliens: Colonial Marines," in 2013. His portrayal of Apone was the inspiration for Sergeant Avery Johnson in the wildly popular video game, "Halo."
The cause of death has not been released. Will you please join us in praying for the family?