ALF child star Benji Gregory dies aged 46


Benji Gregory has died aged 46 (Picture: Instagram)

Benji Gregory has died aged 46.

Gregory was an actor on the hit sitcom ALF which ran from 1986-1990.

His sister Rebecca Pfaffinger confirmed Gregory’s death and said he was found in his car.

Writing on Facebook she said: ‘It is with a heavy heart my family has suffered a loss way too early.

‘Ben was a great Son, Brother and Uncle. He was fun to be around and made us laugh quite often. Still, going through his things, I find myself laughing at little videos or notes of his, in between crying.

‘My brother Ben was found in his car, along with his beloved service dog Hans, deceased on June 13. We believe he went there the evening of the 12th to deposit some residuals. (Found in his car) and never got out of the car to do so. He fell asleep and died from vehicular heatstroke.’

Pfaffinger told TMZ that Gregory was found dead in a parking lot in Peoria, Arizona, on June 13.

Gregory starred on ALF as Brian Tanner (Picture: Instagram)

Gregory joined ALF when he was eight years old as Brian Tanner. The show followed a middle-class family whose lives are turned on their head when an alien from planet Melmac crash lands in their garage.

The Tanner family allow the creature to stay with them, who they name ALF – short for Alien Life Form, and he causes mischief and marvels at what he perceives as the stupidity of mankind.

ALF, real name Gordon Shumway, is performed by puppeteer and co-creator Paul Fusco. Gregory said of the experience on BTM Legends Corner: ‘It became quite natural to interact with ALF.’

ALF ran for 99 episodes (Picture: Instagram)

After the popular series ended after 99 episodes, Gregory went on to feature in The A-Team, Punky Brewster, Fantastic Max, T.J. Hooker, The Twilight Zone, and Amazing Stories.

Gregory also has film credits in Jumpin’ Jack Flash, where Gregory’s co-star was Whoopi Goldberg, and adventure animation, Once Upon a Forest.

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