Philip McKeon, "Tommy" on '80s sitcom "Alice", dies at 55

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Philip McKeon, "Tommy" on '80s sitcom "Alice", dies at 55

McKeon played Tommy Hyatt, the son of the main character, Alice Hyatt, on the sitcom adaptation of the 1974 movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. He appeared as a guest on the TV shows "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" and starred in the slasher film, "Return to Horror High".

Just weeks before Philip's death, Nancy, 53, dedicated a heartfelt birthday tribute to Philip, thanking him for his support during the "tough time".

In a statement issued to People.com, family spokesman Jeff Ballard writes, "We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil's passing". He said further details on where and how McKeon died were being withheld at his family's request.

'His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life'.

Nancy McKeon is reeling after the death of her beloved brother, fellow child star Philip McKeon.

ALICE cast from left to right: Polly Holliday as "Flo" Florence Jean Castleberry; Vic Tayback as diner owner Mel Sharples; Philip McKeon as Alice's son Tommy; Linda Lavin as Alice Hyatt; and Beth Howland as Vera Louise Gorman.

McKeon and her brother appear to have been close, as she paid tribute to him on his birthday on November 11.

'But as we've always said, we'll get through it together'.

The New York-born actor also worked in the news department at Los Angeles radio station KFWB News 980 for a decade before relocating to Texas' KWVH 94.1 Wimberley Valley Radio.