In very sad news reaching us that comedian and legendary King of the Hill actor Johnny Hardwick was found dead this week in his Austin, Texas home after local authorities were asked to perform a welfare check. If King George Strait is 'Pure Country,' then King of the Hill's Hardwick as was Pure Texan as you could possibly be.

The news of Hardwick's passing is particularly surprising because King of the Hill was recently back in the news after it had been reported the show would be making a comeback 15 years down the road in the story of Hank Hill, his family, and all of their eccentric neighbors. Hardwick was confirmed to be part of the project, and it is unknown at this time if his character will continue now, or if he had performed any work for the new season.

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How did Johnny Hardwick pass away in his Austin, TX home?

Unfortunately, we do not know the exact circumstances at this point, only that the Austin Police Department found Hardwick in his home, and the medical examiner confirmed he had died. Currently, no foul play is suspected and more information about his death will not be known until the coroner's report of his autopsy is released.

Hardwick's work was extensive as a comedian and actor outside of the show. He was born in Austin and graduated from Texas Tech before launching a very successful entertainment career. You can read more about his life and career in this Fox 7 article.

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