The Heartbreaking Death Of The Sandlot Actor Art LaFleur

Art LaFleur, best known for his role as Babe Ruth in "The Sandlot," has died, per People.

"This guy... After a 10 year battle with A-typical Parkinson's, Art LaFleur, the love of my life passed away," LaFleur's wife, Shelley, wrote about him in a November 18 Facebook post. "He was a generous and selfless man which carried over to his acting but more importantly it was who he was for his family and friends." 

LaFleur, who was 78 at his time of death, had a whopping 169 acting credits in his lifetime (via IMDb). His most prominent roles include Babe Ruth in "The Sandlot," Chick Gandil in "Field of Dreams," and the Tooth Fairy in "The Santa Clause" 2 and 3.

"I was so very lucky to have had a 43 year relationship with a man who cherished me and who I adored," Shelly wrote in her Facebook post. "Art was larger than life and meant the world to us."

Fans are saddened by Art Lafleur's death

Fans are saddened by the death of beloved actor Art LaFleur, as evidenced by his wife, Shelley's, Facebook post. "What a wonderful legacy he has left for all the people he touched in the world. He had a great sense of humor and a heart of gold," one fan commented. "He will be greatly missed. Paul and I offer our deepest sympathies and prayers of comfort for you and your beautiful family. May he Rest In Peace."

LaFleur has many fans of all ages, as he was best known for his family-friendly acting roles (via IMDb). And while fans are commenting about his iconic roles, others are celebrating him as a man who was just as full of life off-screen as he was on it. Another fan commented, "He was such a special guy that we always loved talking to. His infectious laughter and sense of humor will be deeply missed. Sending Our love and comfort to you and your family at this very sad time. What a great loss I'm so sorry."

Art LaFleur will be missed in the acting world and beyond.