Actor Mike Batayeh died in his sleep from a heart attack at his Michigan home on June 1, a rep confirmed to E! News. He was 52. Mike’s sister Diane told TMZ that his death was very sudden and that he didn’t have a history of heart issues.
“He will be greatly missed by those who loved him,” the family told the outlet June 9, “and his great ability to bring laughter and joy to so many.”
Mike portrayed Dennis Markowski on Breaking Bad. His character was the manager of Lavanderia Brillante laundromat, which was a front for the meth lab where Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) did their dealings.
E! News has reached out to the family as well but have not heard back.
In addition, Mike appeared in several films, including X-Men: Days of Future Past and Gas. Back in 2016, he spoke about his love of working on smaller films versus big budget ones.
“I like independent films more,” he said in an interview with PBS while promoting his Indie movie Detroit Unleashed. “There is something about the shoestring budget and there is more comradery I think. The big budgets, people are separated more. You go in and out for a day player.”
He added, “The experience for me is I’ve been on longer shoots for independents.”