UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Tab Hunter, a 1950s Hollywood heartthrob, has died at the age of 86 on Sunday, July 8 in Santa Barbara, California.
Hunter’s partner of 35 years, Allan Glaser, confirmed his death to CNN.
Glaser described his partner’s death as “sudden and unexpected.”
Hunter reportedly went into cardiac arrest caused by a blood clot.
The actor gained fame in the 1950s for his boy-next-door looks — blond hair, sweet blue eyes, and charming smile — in films like “Battle Cry” and “Damn Yankees.”
In 2005, after decades of silence, Hunter confirmed the rumors about his homosexuality in his autobiography “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.”
The Hollywood Reporter revealed in June that Zachary Quinto and J.J. Abrams are working on a film about Hunter, titled “Tab & Tony.”
The film explores the secret relationship between Hunter and Anthony Perkins in the 1950s, a time where being openly gay was considered taboo.