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Johnny Hardwick Dead at 59, Cause of Death

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 10, 2023. 10:39 pm UPDATED: Aug 10, 2023. 10:39 pm

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The 59-year-old actor Johnny Hardwick from KING of the Hill has passed away.

According to the report, the police attended a welfare check at the late actor’s Texas home.

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According to Cambridge.org, a welfare check is a visit to a person’s home to ensure that they are trouble-free.

The newspaper was informed by law enforcement sources that they were called to the Texas home on August 8 and found his corpse there.

At the scene, the voice actor was pronounced dead. The police have no suspicion of wrongdoing.

At this time, it is unclear what caused the death. The King of the Hill creator, Mike Judge, posted a frame from the cartoon on Instagram in response to Johnny’s passing.

His Legacy

In the animated Fox sitcom, Johnny is best known for providing the voice of the neighbor Dale Gribble.

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Hank Hill, the propane salesman (voiced by Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butthead), had a friend named Dale who was a conspiracy theorist and gun enthusiast.

On the Fox comedy, he also worked as a staff writer, story editor, and producer. The late comedian was a producer and received an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in 1999.

Dale got into mischief on the animated show while working odd jobs like an exterminator, a camp counselor, and a bounty hunter.

He brought up Joseph Gribble, his wife Nancy Hicks-Gribble’s and her boyfriend John Redcorn’s love child.

Dale, a devoted husband, never acknowledged the relationship and always treated Joseph as his biological son.

The late Brittany Murphy, who played Luanne Platter, the niece of Hank’s wife, Peggy Hill, was also a part of the cast.

Johnny appeared on The Jon Stewart Show and performed stand-up in his live shows.

Hardwick started his own YouTube channel on September 12, 2012, where he posted song parodies and delivered speeches in the voice of his animated character.

The late comic resumed uploading new content in 2018 after taking a break in 2015.

The Reboot

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The hit sitcom’s revival, which will also feature voice actors from the first series, including Johnny, was announced in January.

How much Johnny recorded for the show before his passing is unknown.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new showrunner Saladin Patterson and original co-creators Mike and Greg Daniels are executive producing the reboot.

It’s anticipated that the revival will air on the Hulu streaming service. The new episodes’ specifics are being kept under wraps.

It’s possible that the Arlen, Texas setting takes place right now.

A date for the release has not yet been specified.

Marci Proietto, executive vice president of 20th Television Animation, said: “I couldn’t be more excited to visit Arlen, Texas, once again with Mike, Greg, and Saladin, who together are bringing a completely new perspective to the original series. I’m so lucky to have been a part of this show from the very beginning.

“We all want to express our gratitude to the fans for their unwavering support, which made this possible. I can’t wait to share this new version, which is seen through the eyes of America in 2023.”

“In the words of our beloved Peggy Hill: ‘Ho yeah!'” Maci said in her closing statement.

Hill star Johnny Hardwick

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