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Philip McKeon, Alice star and brother of Nancy McKeon, dies at 55

Philip McKeon, the former child actor known for playing Tommy Hyatt on the 1970s and ’80s sitcom Alice, has died. McKeon, the elder brother of Facts of Life star Nancy McKeon, was 55.

Family spokesman Jeff Ballard confirmed the news to PEOPLE, saying McKeon died Tuesday morning in Texas after battling a longtime illness.

“We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing,” Ballard said in a statement. “His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life.”