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Movie star Royce Applegate's family began the new year in terrible fashion when The Rookie star died in a blaze at his Sherman Oaks, California, home. Investigators are searching for clues as to the cause of the New Year's Day fire, which destroyed his three-storey home. Two firemen received second and third degree burns while trying to put out the blaze. Applegate's credits also include a starring role in TV show Seaquest: DSV and O Brother, Where Art Thou? The actor also provided the voice for the 'I love you' dog in Doctor Dolittle. His final movie performances will be seen in Gods & Generals and Talking In Your Sleep this year.

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