Actor Michu Meszaros who played the charismatic alien in 80’s sitcom “Alf”, has died. He was 76. 

Meszaros from Hungary was just 2 feet 9 inches in height making him the perfect ‘body double’ for the affable Alf. Alf was often filmed from the waist-up with puppeteers controlling his movements. When shots of Alf were done showing his full body, it was Meszaros who, wearing a full-body costume carried out the movements. 

TMZ reports that Meszaros was found unresponsive at his Los Angeles home a week ago by his manager, Dennis Vargas. The actor spent several of the following days in a coma.

Meszaros reportedly had medical issues due to the many health issues he had. A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover his funeral costs. 

Before his rise to fame as Alf, Mezaros performed in the circus, billed as the “smallest man in the world” and worked in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the ’70s. Mezaros also performed for Michael Jackson, who became good friends with Meszaros.