Actor Francesco Quinn, son of Anthony Quinn, dies at 48

Francesco Quinn, who like his father Anthony Quinn embraced a career in acting, died at his home in Malibu, California on Friday at the age of 48, his agent said Sunday.

"We are extremely saddened to announce the untimely death of our dear client and friend, Francesco Quinn," said his talent agent, Arlene Thornton, in a statement Sunday.

The son of legendary actor Anthony Quinn, who passed away in 2001, was pronounced dead in Malibu, the beachside haven for celebrities west of Los Angeles.

"The exact cause of death has not yet been determined," added Thornton. According to local media reports, Quinn died from a heart attack.

"He was an amazing talent, but more importantly, an amazing human being," said Thornton. "It was an honor to call myself his agent."

Born in Rome in 1963 to Anthony Quinn and his second wife Jolanda Addolori, Francesco Quinn successfully pursued the same career as his father.

He made his debut in Oliver Stone's "Platoon" in 1986 and went on to act in more than 30 films. The most recent box-office hit was "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which was released in theaters this summer.

The younger Quinn also played many television roles including parts in series such as "The Shield," "Criminal Minds," "ER" and "24."

Francesco Quinn had three children.

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