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Christopher Shannon Penn (October 10, 1965 – January 24, 2006) was an American film and television actor. Penn was typically cast as a tough character, featured as a villain or a working-class lug, or in a comic role and was known for his roles in such films as The Wild LifeReservoir DogsThe FuneralFootlooseRush HourCorky RomanoTrue RomanceBeethoven's 2nd, Short CutsThe Boys ClubAll the Right MovesAt Close RangePale Rider, and in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Death Edit

Penn was found dead in his Santa Monica condominium on January 24, 2006, aged 40. Although Penn had used drugs in the past, an autopsy performed by a Los Angeles County medical examiner revealed the primary cause of death was heart disease, with the prescription drug promethazine with codeine and an enlarged heart due to obesity being possible contributing circumstances. The toxicology report revealed that valium, morphine, marijuana and an elevated level of codeine were found in his bloodstream. Penn appeared slim and fit throughout the 1980s in movies such as FootlooseAt Close Range and Pale Rider, but gained considerable weight throughout the 1990s. Sean Penn has said publicly in a TV interview on Larry King Live that his brother probably died because of his weight.