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Tom Towles, the moustached character actor who popped up in several of Rob Zombie's horror movies, has died. He was 71.

Towles's spokeswoman Tammy Dupal said in a statement Monday that the actor who appeared in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects died April 2 in Pinellas, Fla., from complications following a stroke.

"He was such a great guy, and I am so grateful that we got to work together several times," said Zombie in a statement. "He will be really missed."

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Towles' memorable roles included a serial-killer sidekick in 1986's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and an obnoxious zombie apocalypse survivor in the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead.

"Tom was a personal friend, a fantastic actor and a lovely man," said Towles's manager Tamela Ehlinger. "We worked together, we laughed and cried together. Not many fans knew the soft heart behind the tough exterior. Tom was one of a kind, never to be repeated."

His other film credits included Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween, Grindhouse, The Pit and the Pendulum and director Michael Mann's Miami Vice.

Towles's TV credits included Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, ER, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Firefly.

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