Richard Lynch, whose distinctive, platinum-haired appearance led to his casting as villains in four decades of sci-fi and horror films, including Rob Zombie's 2007 Halloween and the 1970s version of Battlestar Galactica, died at his Palm Springs, Calif., home at the age of 76.

"It's with deep sorrow that I learned last night that my client and friend Richard Lynch was found dead," rep Mike Baronas said in a statement to Fox News. "From what I currently understand, no investigation into the cause of his death will be made as his body was sent directly to a funeral home," Baronas stated.

Lynch suffered facial scarring after accidentally lighting himself on fire while under the influence of LSD in 1967. The look led to his iconic career as a movie and television villain. Lynch's latest role was as Reverend John Hawthorne in Zombie's The Lords of Salem, currently in post-production.

Zombie also posted a few words on Facebook. "I woke up this morning to the news that our friend Richard Lynch has passed away. Richard was great to work with and really gave it his all. I will never forget the way he scared the crap out of the kid actors in Halloween. As soon as I said action! He dove right into his role of Principle Chambers at top volume. He will be missed."


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