‘Breathtaking’: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ star dies at 85

NEWPORT BEACH, Fla.

— “Breathing heavy.”

“A good man.”

“The best friend of mine.”

“I was always a good person.”

“If I didn’t do something, I wouldn’t be here.”

Those are the words of actor and writer, Steven Tyler, when asked how he was doing following the passing of his friend, fellow “Big Bang Theory” star, Robert Knepper.

Tyler, a native of New Jersey, was born on October 19, 1954.

He is best known for playing Big Bang theory co-creator and co-writer Sheldon Cooper on the series, which has aired for 25 seasons.

He has been a prolific writer and director.

Tyler had a long career before “The Big B.”

His first book, “The Lost Boy: A Life in the Hollywood Hills,” was published in 2000.

He went on to co-write the best-selling memoir, “My Life in New York City,” in 2014.

Tyler has also written six films, including the 2018 comedy “The Greatest Gift.”

He is survived by his wife, Kristy, their three daughters, Emily and Lauren, and their grandchildren.

“The loss of my friend, the life and work of Sheldon Cooper, is so sudden and shocking,” Tyler’s wife said in a statement.

“We all love Steven, but our deepest sorrow is for our family, and we ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.