How did Henry 'Nacho' Laun die? 'Wahlburgers' star, 54, was on life support and showed signs of recovery
Henry 'Nacho' Laun of 'Wahlburgers' fame, who was actor Mark Wahlberg's longtime friend, died at the age of 54 at a Massachusetts hospital
Henry "Nacho" Laun, a childhood friend of the Wahlberg brothers who frequently appeared on their reality TV show 'Wahlburgers', died on Tuesday, June 1, 2020. He was 54 years old.
Laun was known for his appearances on 'Wahlburgers' and for taking on any extreme eating challenges. He was boyhood friends with actors Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg, as well as chef Paul Wahlberg, the star of 'Wahlburgers'.
The show is based on the casual dining burger restaurant and bar called Wahlburgers, a chain of restaurants that started in the Greater Boston town of Hingham, Massachusetts. With the show and several movies up his sleeve, Mark was 2017's highest-paid actor.
How did Henry Nacho Laun die?
According to TMZ, Laun had a medical emergency two weeks ago and was found unconscious in his car at a Massachusetts gas station. He died at a Massachusetts hospital on Tuesday, May 1. Laun was traveling from Boston to Cape Cod. The cause of the medical emergency has not yet been revealed, the news outlet reported on June 1.
Laun was unresponsive and placed on life support since he couldn't breathe on his own, it added. Laun had shown hints of recovery in recent days, giving family and friends optimism, but then his health took a turn for the worse. Laun's attorney, James Neyman, declined to comment. But TMZ added that Neyman and his friends will organize a GoFundMe in the coming days to help with funeral costs.
According to Laun's A&E TV bio, the group initially met in the Dorchester neighborhood of south Boston, when Mark attempted to pick a fight with Nacho before they became lifelong friends. When A&E's 'Wahlburgers' premiered in 2014, Laun became a household name. “Living by the mantra, ‘Cash is king,’ Nacho will eat anything for the right price," his bio read. He ate whatever he could get his hands on, including whole lobsters to pints of hot sauce.
Laun had cameos in Mark's bawdy teddy bear comedies 'Ted' and 'Ted 2', according to his IMDb page, when he wasn't on 'Wahlburgers', which ended in 2019. Early in his career, Mark employed Laun as a bodyguard. However, Laun eventually left the job and began developing his own show, 'Nacho Extreme Texas', which never aired.