Mike Batayeh, "Breaking Bad" actor and comedian, dies at age 52

Mike Batayeh, "Breaking Bad" actor and comedian, dies at age 52
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Mike Batayeh, a comedian and actor who appeared on several television shows, including the acclaimed hit "Breaking Bad," has died, his family announced. He was 52.

Batayeh died of a "massive heart attack" at his home June 1, his five sisters said in a statement to CBS News on Friday. His manager said he died in his sleep. However, a police incident report obtained by CBS News indicated his death was a suicide, as first reported by the New York Post.

"He was a kind, sensitive, intelligent, and gifted soul," Batayeh's sisters said. "This is such a devastating loss of a huge life and Mike will be missed by us and so many people in all parts of the world."

"Breaking Bad" fans knew Batayeh as Dennis Markowski, the manager of an industrial laundromat that served as the front for a meth lab on the award-winning show starring Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul. Batayeh played the role for three episodes in Season Nos. 4 and 5, according to IMDb.

Batayeh appeared in several other TV shows, including "CSI: Miami," "JAG" and "Everybody Loves Raymond." He also appeared in the Adam Sandler movie "You Don't Mess with the Zohan."

As a comedian, Batayeh performed in the U.S. as well as the Middle East, and he was in a comedy special for Showtime Arabia, according to his sisters' statement. He also performed at a comedy festival in Jordan's capital of Amman at the invitation of the Jordanian royal family, according to the statement.

He was preceded in death by his sister Jeannie, and his parents.

–Cara Tabachnick contributed reporting.

Denver police officer struck by fire truck along Nuggets NBA championship parade route

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announces GOP presidential bid, dodges questions about Trump

Secretary of State Blinken to visit Beijing amid high tension between U.S. and China