The Los Angeles Derby Prelude PartyLOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lee Reherman, a fan favorite as the towering, muscular Hawk on television's "American Gladiators," has died at age 49.

Reherman, who went on to a successful career as an actor-producer after "Gladiators," died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known.

But Reherman's publicist, Anthony Turk, says the actor hadn't been feeling well after recently undergoing hip replacement surgery.

After "American Gladiators" ended in 1996, Reherman went on to make numerous appearances in movies and TV shows. He was a regular on the series "The First Family," playing a White House security agent, and had recently filmed an episode of television's "Jane The Virgin."

He also had a recurring role in the Disney show "K.C. Undercover."
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