By Jason Gruenauer, CNN • Updated 12th April 2013
Sandlot” star Art LaFleur and a friend died late last week of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a rental house in Santa Monica, California, just hours after a GoFundMe page was set up for the pair.
Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez says LaFleur’s “birthday was Friday the 12th, the friends’ birthday was Monday the 13th,” and officers responded to a call for medical assistance to the room the two men shared on Friday.
LaFleur’s death was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, said Susan Lee, a spokeswoman for the office. She said police officers found him dead with no pulse, and the cause of death is still under investigation.
Santa Monica Fire Department Chief Dave Torres told CNN that the friend also died, and a third person who was in the room also was found dead.
The GoFundMe page was created to collect donations for funeral expenses, but LaFleur’s body had already been released to his family. The friend’s body has not been released, and it is being held until the case is further investigated, according to Santa Monica police.
Rodriguez said he did not know the relationship between the two men, but said he believed LaFleur’s young daughter was inside the home with him and had likely died from carbon monoxide exposure, too.
LaFleur, who grew up in Ohio, appeared in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” “Rudy,” “Marvin’s Room” and “Field of Dreams,” among others.
In 2001, he became the youngest actor to be awarded the New Hollywood Award at the MTV Movie Awards, according to his IMDb biography.