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Morgan Stevens death: Melrose Place actor found dead at home, aged 70

Melrose Square Actor Morgan Stevens has died aged 70.

The actor, who played recurring character Nick Diamond for six episodes of the soap opera, was found dead at his home after Stevens’ neighbor asked authorities for a medical checkup, TMZ reported Wednesday, January 26.

Sources close to the actor said he had not been seen for some time before his death, prompting his neighbor to request the recording.

Authorities investigating his death said the actor likely died of natural causes and did not suspect foul play.

Stevens was best known for his two-season run on the hit NBC show notoriety, during which he played Professor David Reardon.

In addition to his roles in notoriety and Melrose Square, Stevens has made guest appearances on several classic television shows such as The Murder She Wrote, One day at a time, and Murder One.

The Los Angeles-based actor also appeared as Paul Northridge in an episode of The Waltons and in three reunion films, including A Wedding on Walton Mountain, in which his character married Erin Walton, played by Mary Elizabeth McDonough.

His last screen appearance was in 1999, when he played principal Max Hanson in an episode of an American drama series. Walker, Texas Ranger.

Stevens was born on October 16, 1951 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In 1989, he was arrested for an alleged DUI after the actor was in a minor car accident. At the time, Stevens claimed police brutality, saying he was severely beaten while in police custody. He suffered a broken nose, fractured cheek, dislocated jaw and nerve damage to his face.

After a blood alcohol test indicated that Stevens was not driving drunk, he sued the Los Angeles Police Department for abusing him and a settlement was subsequently reached.

There is currently no information regarding Stevens’ heirs or a memorial service for the actor.