Just As I Thought

John Spencer

Life imitates art, tragically:

LOS ANGELES — John Spencer, who played vice presidential candidate Leo McGarry on NBC’s “The West Wing,” died of a heart attack Friday, his publicist said.

Spencer, 58, died at a Los Angeles hospital, said publicist Ron Hofmann.

Hofmann released no other immediate details.

Spencer’s work on the show earned him an Emmy Award for supporting actor in a drama series in 2002, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

Before appearing on the hit political drama, Spencer played the quirky and charismatic New York attorney Tommy Mullaney on “L.A. Law.”

Spencer’s character on The West Wing suffered a heart attack last year.

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