Actor Kiel Martin, who played shady detective Johnny "J.D." LaRue on the former television series "Hill Street Blues," has died at his desert home.
Martin, 46, a regular performer on the Emmy-winning series, died Friday of cardiovascular collapse caused by lung cancer, Michael Werk, deputy coroner for Riverside County, reported Monday.
In 1987, Martin played a dead man given a chance to return to life in "Second Chance," a short-lived Fox television series.
Also that year, he co-starred in the NBC-TV movie "Convicted: A Mother's Story" with Ann Jillian, who plays a mother separated from her two children when she is sent to prison.