Morgan Stevens’ cause of death has been revealed.
The “Fame” and “Melrose Place” actor died of natural causes due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said Thursday.
Arteriosclerosis occurs when the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the arteries become thick and hardened, restricting blood flow to the body’s organs and tissues, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Stevens was found dead in his LA home on Jan. 26 at the age of 70.
The Los Angeles Police Department told TMZ its officers discovered Stevens in his kitchen after receiving a call from a neighbor requesting a wellness check because they had not seen or heard from the star in days.
Stevens, who was born Calvin Morgan Stevens and nicknamed Chuck, moved from Knoxville, Tenn., to Hollywood in the 1970s, six months after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts, according to IMDb.
The 70-year-old died of natural causes due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.Getty Images
Stevens started regularly landing roles by 1979, appearing in “One Day at a Time” and “The Waltons.” He got his big break in 1982 when he began a two-season stint playing teacher David Reardon in NBC’s “Fame” series.
Stevens had minor parts in “The Love Boat,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “MacGyver,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “A Year in the Life” in the mid-’80s before securing the role for which he became best known: the Parezi family’s attorney Nick Diamond on “Melrose Place” in 1995.
Stevens made his final onscreen appearance in the Chuck Norris-starring show “Walker, Texas Ranger” in 1999.