Francesco Quinn, an Italian-born actor and a son of Oscar winner Anthony Quinn, died Friday night of an apparent heart attack near his home in the La Costa neighborhood of Malibu. He was 48.
Fireball Tim Lawrence, a Malibu Patch blogger who knew Quinn as a neighbor and from the entertainment industry, said the actor had been running up the street with his son Max, when he fell in front of Lawrence's home. Lawrence and Quinn's wife, Valentina Castellani-Quinn, attempted to revive him.
"There was a moment where we thought that we were making progress, that we started to sense that this could work," Lawrence said. "We were working feverishly at it. But at a certain point it turned, and there was no response."
Lawrence said he believes Quinn died in his wife's arms.
Quinn's soap roles included Tomas del Cerro on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (a novelist involved with Nina) and Syed Ali on 24. He also played Fabrizio Raimondi on the Italian series IL Commissario Manara, among many other roles.
He leaves a wife and three children, Sofia and 10-year old twins, Michela and Max.