• Shanna Moakler said her friend Heath Freeman died in his sleep in his Austin, Texas home
  • “Pretty Little Liars” alum Ashley Benson paid tribute to the late actor on social media
  • Freeman’s passing was confirmed by his manager, but the cause of his death was not disclosed

Heath Freeman, who graced the small screen as a calculating killer on Fox’s “Bones,” passed away on Sunday. He was 41. 

Freeman’s demise was first announced by his pals in the industry, with Shanna Moakler being among the first to pay tribute to him on social media. 

The model turned reality TV star took to Instagram to share a photo of them together and wrote, “Heartbroken to hear of the loss of my dear friend Heath Freeman, talented actor, director, producer, outstanding chef and a solid friend.”

Travis Barker’s ex-wife continued, “You will be so dearly missed and I will cherish every amazing memory we had… and we have a lot of great ones!! Godspeed.”

“Pretty Little Liars” alum Ashley Benson also paid tribute to the late actor by uploading a photo she took with Freeman on her Instagram Story. “I’ll love you forever @heathmonster RIP,” she captioned the post, as per the Independent

His manager confirmed the news of his passing to Entertainment Weekly. No official statement on what caused Freeman’s death was released so far. However, Moakler did reveal in an interaction with one of her fans in the comments section that Freeman “passed in his sleep” in his Austin, Texas home. 

Freeman was relatively active on social media prior his passing. He used to share cooking videos and recipes on Instagram, and he also liked sharing photos of his home garden. 

Career-wise, Freeman was mostly known for portraying Howard Epps, the first serial killer featured in the first two seasons of “Bones.” His other TV and film credits include “ER,” “NCIS,” “Without A Trace,” “Raising The Bar,” “The Seventh Day” and “12 Mighty Orphans.”

He also frequently starred in independent films, including “Dark Was The Night,” “Home Sweet Hell,” “The Wicked Within,” “Warrior Road” and “The Outlaw Johnny Black,” according to Looper

Freeman’s last projects are “Devil’s Fruit” and “Terror on the Prairie,” which is set for release in 2022, as indicated on his IMDb page

The late actor studied acting and film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the University of Texas at Austin. 

Heath Freeman and Kelly Monaco Pictured: Actors Heath Freeman (L) and Kelly Monaco attend Star Magazine's "All Hollywood" event at Trousdale on April 3, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images