Hollywood star, who played a fictional mafia boss in the 1989 film “Mafia,” has died at age 72.
He was shot in the head by a tiger at a theme park in Hong Kong.
According to a report by the New York Times, the actor, who appeared in more than 80 films and television shows, was found dead at his home in Hollywood on Saturday.
The Times reports that he had been “taken from his bed and dragged to the edge of the tiger enclosure.”
The park in question is a giant tiger themed park in the town of Mong Kok, in southern China.
According the Times, authorities said the tiger was “moved to the outside of the enclosure and the animal was then dragged to a concrete floor to be killed.”
“We are heartbroken at the loss of one of our greatest stars, and hope he can find a peace and quiet in his final days,” said a statement from his publicist, David J. Steinberg.
The report said the actor died of natural causes and that it was not immediately clear how many people had been at the theme park.
In a 2010 interview with The Times, he said he was in the park with his son and daughter, and that he’d been on set for a day.
“I was on the set for six days and there was a lot of tigers.
There were tigers in there,” he said.
“There were lots of tigers.”
He said he’d “never seen a tiger bite a human.”