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Henry ‘Nacho’ Laun, Mark Wahlberg’s Longtime Friend and ‘Wahlburgers’ Star, Dies at 54

by Jon D. B.
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Mark Wahlberg met Henry Laun when they were just 13-years-old. His longtime friend, nicknamed ‘Nacho’, died Tuesday at 54.

From “eating the shell of a lobster” to “the bone of a porterhouse steak,” Henry ‘Nacho’ Laun had a “remarkable talent,” as his dear friend Mark Wahlberg once said.

Tragically, TMZ just learned that Henry has died after “suffering a medical emergency a couple weeks ago.”

He was only 54-years-old.

A life-long friend to the Walhbergs and star of their A&E show The Wahlburgers, Henry Laun was a superstar to many. His infectious enthusiasm, giant heart, and incredible eating skills make him one-of-a-kind.

TMZ further states that sources close to Laun say he passed away at a Massachusetts hospital Tuesday. Previously, the trade found out that the friend of Mark Wahlberg was on a road trip from Boston to Cape Cod in mid-May, when he was found unconscious at a gas station.

From there, Laun went to a local hospital. Earlier this week, Mark Wahlberg and other friends & family held out hope for ‘Nacho’ as he was showing signs of recovery. Heartbreakingly, his condition declined again. There is no word yet on what his specific “medical emergency” is, but TMZ was told “he was unresponsive and placed on life support because he couldn’t breathe on his own.”

Remembering Henry ‘Nacho’ Laun: Friend to Mark Wahlberg & Many Others

“Nacho is someone I met when I was around 13-years-old,” smiles Mark Wahlberg in Season 1 of The Wahlburgers. “One day, we just discovered his hidden talent! We were sitting in a restaurant and we were eating lobster. Well… After we ate the lobster, he ate the shell. And we all had a porterhouse steak, and he said ‘well what about that bone?'”

“What a talent he has,” Wahlberg also says of his friend at the time. “I think he’s a superstar in the making.”

R.I.P Nacho.

In this scene from the episode 5 O’Clock Is Dinnertime, Nacho eats four burgers in under nine minutes to try to convince Paul to name the Burger of the Month after him.