Actor Mayer dies

Mayer, most famous for standing in for Tom Wopat on The Dukes of Hazzard during a contract dispute, passed away on 23 July (11) in Sherman Oaks, California. He died of natural causes.

After starring in the hit TV show for 17 episodes, he was let go after CBS bosses brought back Wopat and John Schneider, following a drop in ratings.

He went on to star in soap opera Santa Barbara, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the 1997 Jim Carrey film Liar Liar.

Married three times, he was engaged at the time of his death, and has three daughters.