Robert DeNiro, best known for his role in the Addams family animated series, has died at 82, according to a statement released by the actor’s rep.
He was hospitalized for a kidney transplant and underwent surgery for a rare blood disorder, TMZ reported.
DeNico was an actor and producer, best remembered for his roles as a bully in the animated series.
“Robert has left behind a wife and two children and will be missed by his family and the millions of people who loved and followed him over the years,” his rep, Brian Gorman, said in the statement.
“We are heartbroken.
Robert was an amazing man and we thank you for your love and support.”
He is best known as a character actor in the television series AddamsFamily.
“Addams Family” debuted in 1962 and lasted six seasons, with actor Paul F. Tompkins as Mr. Addams.
It was also a hit in the movies.
De Nico played the bully in many of the movies, including “The Addams Quiz Show” (1976) and “The Cat in the Hat” (1986).
“Addamas Family” was adapted into a 1987 movie starring Jeff Daniels.
In that film, De Nica’s character is a violent, selfish, narcissistic jerk.
De-Nico and Daniels also starred in the 1990 comedy “Maggie the Cat” and in the 1998 animated feature “Punch-Drunk Love.”
De Nino died Tuesday at his home in California.
He died after a long battle with cancer, his rep said.
“Bob is an American icon who made countless movies and countless TV shows and will forever be remembered as the actor and director who created one of the most iconic characters of the 1980s,” the statement said.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
He had lived in Los Angeles for years, his reps said.
His family said he had died on his way to the hospital.
In an interview in 2012 with The New York Times, DeNino said he didn’t care about fame or fortune, but about getting back to his roots.
“I do want to be remembered for something else,” he said.
He added, “You have to remember that this is all for the love of my family, and that’s it.”
DeNinos father was a businessman who founded the company that would eventually become De Ninos Entertainment.
He said in his statement, “He taught me to never give up and never give in, but to always keep fighting, even if it’s a bad fight.”
De-nico’s son, Mark De Nio, said he was devastated by the news of his father’s death.
“It’s such a sad day,” he told CNN.
“His life was taken so young, but it’s been so long.”