John Dye, best known as the angel of death Andrew on “Touched By an Angel,” has died. He was 47.

The actor died Monday from a heart attack in San Francisco, his brother, Jerre Dye, told The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.

Born in Mississippi, Dye majored in theater at the University of Memphis. He made his film debut in 1984’s “Making the Grade,” which filmed in the Memphis area, before moving to Los Angeles.

In 1995, he landed the role of Andrew on CBS’s “Touched By an Angel.” Originally a recurring role, Dye was promoted to regular by the third season. He remained on the series until its end in 2003.

Dye’s other credits include guest spots on “Murder, She Wrote” and “Promised Land,” and the films “Modern Girls,” “The Perfect Weapon,” and “Sioux City.” His last role was in 2007’s “Fist of the Warrior.”

Besides Jerre, Dye is survived by his other brother Jamey; his father, James; and his grandmother, Irene Duvall.

4 thoughts on “John Dye Dies at 47”
  1. I had no idea what a caring and generous man John Dye was in real life, but I always sensed love and compassion in his role of Andrew in “Touched by an Angel.” His father, James Dye, said John was active in the Make a Wish Foundation and various other charities, always seeking to help others. In 1990 John had revived the Mississippi children’s theatre that had given him a start as a child actor. Truly, everyone who knew John or benefited from his generosity was “touched by an angel.”

  2. John was a great actor may god bless his soul he will be missed by alot of people.he was best known as Andrew on touched by an angel.was Irene Duvall an actress?

  3. Sorry to hear about the death of John Dye. He lived his life just like the character Andrew he played on Touch By a Angel.
    You will be deeply miss.
    God Bless

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