Freddie Prinze (born Frederick Karl Pruetzel; June 22, 1954 – January 29, 1977)Suicide- was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Prinze was the star of 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man. He is the father of actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Freddie Prinze, actor, comedian, was the star of 1970s sitcom "Chico and the Man" and the father of actor Freddie Prinze Jr. At age 22, Freddie died from a self-inflicted gunshot after struggling with depression, marital problems and heavy drug use. Saying he was going to “end it all,” he made goodbye calls to friends and family. His manager came to the hotel where he was staying to try to talk him out of it, but Prinze went through with his promise.