'Sons of Anarchy' star Alan O'Neill dies aged 47; cause of death still not known

Alan O'Neill has suffered from heart problems in the past and is believed to have been a heavy smoker with a history of drug and alcohol abuse


                            'Sons of Anarchy' star Alan O'Neill dies aged 47; cause of death still not known
Cast and crew of Sons of Anarchy (Getty Images)

Actor Alan O’Neill, best known for his role in FX's 'Sons of Anarchy', died at the age of 47. The news of his untimely passing was confirmed by the actor's representative, with E! News asserting that the time of death was June 6 at 6 pm.

According to the website, which sited the Los Angeles County Corner, O’Neill was found dead at his California residence. However, further details including the cause of death are expected to surface following the autopsy report. 

The news of his demise was first reported by TMZ. 


Apparently, it was the Irish-born actor's girlfriend who discovered his body in the hallway of her Los Angeles apartment on Wednesday night, law enforcement sources said. At the moment, however, not much information is available about O’Neill's girlfriend.

Although no foul play is being suspected, TMZ asserts that the actor, who starred as Hugh in at least seven episodes of the hit Kurt Sutter series, has suffered from heart problems in the past. In addition, O’Neill is also believed to have been a heavy smoker with a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

O'Neill (extreme R) along with the 'Shadow Dancer' cast (Getty)

Apart from the FX series, O’Neill has several other shows to his credit including 'Fair City' — a drama set in the town of Carrigstown — where he portrayed the role of Keith McGrath.      

He has also appeared on the 2001 mini-series 'Rebel Heart', 2002 short 'Strangers in the Night', 'Moore Street Masala' in 2009, and in the British crime drama 'Inspector George Gently'.

Most recently, though, the late actor starred as the Captain in 2016's 'Urge'. And he was also expected to play Pepper in the upcoming horror flick 'Charlie Lives: The Family’s Return'.

Incidentally, the 'Sons of Anarchy' actor's death comes just about a month after his co-star David Labrava announced the death of his 16-year-old son, following a battle with depression.