Heath Freeman, ‘NCIS’ and ‘Bones’ Actor, Dead at 41

by Samantha Whidden

Heath Freeman, who is best known for his roles on NCIS and Bones, has passed away at the age of 41 at his home in Austin, Texas. 

According to Express, Heath Freeman’s cause of death has not been revealed but it was confirmed by actress Ashley Benson and Travis Barker’s ex-wife, Shanna Moakler. “Heartbroken to hear of the loss of my dear friend Heath Freeman, talented actor, director, producer, outstanding chef, and a solid friend,” Moakler shared. “You will be so dearly missed and I will cherish every amazing memory we all had…. and we have a lot of great ones!! Godspeed.”

Heath Freeman portrayed Benjamin Frank in NCIS’ 2003 episode Minimum Security. He went on to play the role of Howard. Epps on Bones from 2005 to 2007. Other roles he portrayed were Gavin Dillon in Raising the Bar, Agent Joe in Torchwood: Web of Lies, and Keith Baldwin in Without a Trace. 

Freeman’s recent films are The Seventh Day and 12 Might Orphans. His latest projects are Devil’s Fruit, which is in post-production, and Terror on the Prairie, which is filming. He also wrote, produced, and starred as Brent Burkham in Skateland alongside Twilight star Ashley Greene.

Heath Freeman Opened Up About Writing ‘Skateland’s’ Script

During a 2011 interview with DailyActor, Heath Freeman opened up about getting to write and star in Skateland. “I got the lead. I was the lead in a TV series, and then I got replaced,” Freeman revealed at the time. “A new head of the network came in two weeks before I was supposed to go shoot. And [he] replaced me for no reason.”

Freeman then stated that he called his brother Brandon and decided to write a film together. “I always wanted to write about this roller rink. Kinda center something around this roller think that we all grew up in Longview, Texas. Which is kind of this. I mean, it’s a lot nicer in this film, but in all actuality, it was a pretty run-down place.”

The actor then stated he wrote his part for himself “I mean it was like I knew I was gonna play the part but it wasn’t like, I separated myself during the writing process. And then once, it’s a big shift that happens when I stop being the producer and writer and then going to being an actor. I wear a lot of hats during the movie.”

In regards to his acting career, Heath Freeman said he’s been put through the ringer throughout the years. “That’s the thing as an actor, you get put through the ringer on so many things. Like, ‘They put a pin in you and you’re the number one.’ And then nothing happens.”