Golden Globe winning actor John Gavin, of Spartacus and Psycho fame, passes away aged 86


Feb 10, 2018 16:59:00 IST

Los Angeles: Psycho star John Gavin, who has also appeared in several other classic films such as Midnight Lace and was the US Ambassador to Mexico under then US President Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 86.

Gavin, who played Sam Loomis in the classic horror film Psycho, died on Friday, reports

John Gavin. Image from Twitter/@BCDreyer

John Gavin. Image from Twitter/@BCDreyer

According to sources, he succumbed to complications from pneumonia and had battled leukemia for a long time.

He was first hospitalised just before Christmas and died just before 6 am on Friday at his Beverly Hills home, surrounded by his family.

Gavin starred as Julius Caesar in Spartacus and Steve Archer in Imitation of Life. He also won a Golden Globe for A Time to Love and a Time to Die when he played Ernst Graber.

Gavin leaves behind his wife, Constance Towers, four children and three grandchildren.

Towers told the site: "We lost our best friend, father and husband. We were so grateful to have him."

Updated Date: Feb 10, 2018 16:59:00 IST