The Heartbreaking Death Of Bones Actor Heath Freeman

Heath Freeman, the actor best known for his role as Howard Epps in "Bones" has died at the age of 41, according to Fox News. The actor and director's death was confirmed by People and Freeman's manager Joe S. Montifiore on Nov. 15, 2021. A cause of death was not made available at press time.

"We are truly devastated at the loss of our beloved Heath Freeman. A brilliant human being with an intense and soulful spirit, he leaves us with an indelible imprint in our hearts. His life was filled with deep loyalty, affection, and generosity towards his family and friends, and an extraordinary zest for life," Montifiore's statement read in part. "He was extremely proud of his recent film work and was very excited for the next chapter of his career."

Freeman is one of several celebrities we've sadly lost in 2021. The "Bones" actor, who starred in the role as a serial killer Epps during two seasons of the show starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, was beloved by his co-workers and viewers alike.

"His remarkable legacy as a son, brother, uncle, friend, [an] extraordinarily gifted actor and producer, consummate cook, and [a] man with the most infectious and spectacular laugh, will live on forever. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him," Montifiore said.

Friends have paid tribute to Heath Freeman since his passing

Heath Freeman had a successful career as an actor, writer, and director. According to Women and Home, he attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and The University of Texas at Austin before landing a part in "ER."

Freeman appeared in several TV series, including "Tru Calling," "Bones," "The Closer," starring Kyra Sedgwick, "Without a Trace," "Raising the Bar," featuring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and "NCIS," per IMDb.

Tributes to Freeman, who co-wrote and acted in 2010's "Skateland," poured in from friends and colleagues. Shanna Moakler shared some kind words about Freeman in an Instagram post. "You will be so dearly missed and I will cherish every amazing memory we all had ... and we have a lot of great ones!! Godspeed."

Freeman's "Terror on the Prairie" co-star Gina Carano shared memories of the actor in photos taken on the film set. "I wanted to keep you for a lifetime and now I am going to carry you for a lifetime in my heart," Carano's post read. "I didn't know our journey would be cut this short and my heart is shattering. I wanted so much more time to laugh, cry, create, live, love with your friendship."

Freeman's films "Terror on the Prairie" and "Devil's Fruit" are scheduled for 2022 release dates, according to IMDb.