Glee star Jane Galloway Heitz passes away from congestive heart failure aged 78... as Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet pays tribute to his 'good friend and mentor'

  • Her daughter Amie Richardson confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter and Eric Stonestreet paid tribute to the actress shortly after 

 Glee star Jane Galloway Heitz has died at the age of 78.

Jane, who played the role of choir head Lillian Adler in the musical drama series and also appeared in 'The Big Bang Theory', 'ER' and 'Grey's Anatomy' - passed away of congestive heart failure in an Illinois hospital last week.

Her daughter Amie Richardson confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter and Eric Stonestreet paid tribute to the actress shortly after. 

Sad: Glee star Jane Galloway Heitz has died at the age of 78

Sad: Glee star Jane Galloway Heitz has died at the age of 78

In addition to acting, Galloway Heitz also launched her own casting agency, which helped launch the career of Modern Family star Eric.

Her company was wildly successful as she also launched the career of Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell.

Eric tweeted: 'Jane was the first casting director to ever call me in for an audition. She became a good friend and mentor...

Tribute: Modern Family star Eric honoured the star in a sweet post

Tribute: Modern Family star Eric honoured the star in a sweet post

Happy days: Eric tweeted: 'Jane was the first casting director to ever call me in for an audition. She became a good friend and mentor;

Happy days: Eric tweeted: 'Jane was the first casting director to ever call me in for an audition. She became a good friend and mentor;

'She put me on the path I'm on. I wish I could have said thank you one more time.'

In 'Glee', Jane's alter ego, one-time choir director Lillian, died before the events of the series but appeared in flashback scenes. 

Her image appeared in the series, accompanied with the phrase: 'By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself to joy.'

Tough times: In 'Glee', Jane's alter ego, one-time choir director Lillian, died before the events of the series but appeared in flashback scenes

Tough times: In 'Glee', Jane's alter ego, one-time choir director Lillian, died before the events of the series but appeared in flashback scenes

That motto inspired Will Schuester, played by Matthew Morrison, to take over the Glee club and get his students singing.

Jane also appeared the US version of 'Shameless', and films such as the 2007 crime thriller 'I Know Who Killed Me' and 'The Straight Story' in 1999.

She was a widower to her husband Bill and is survived by her daughter Annie and three grandchildren.

Sad times: In 'Glee', Jane's alter ego, one-time choir director Lillian, died before the events of the series but appeared in flashback scenes

Sad times: In 'Glee', Jane's alter ego, one-time choir director Lillian, died before the events of the series but appeared in flashback scenes

 

Glee star Jane Galloway Heitz passes away from congestive heart failure aged 78

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