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Actor from the Northwoods dies

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A Northwoods celebrity has died. Lincoln County Sheriff's officers say Jay Leggett died Saturday. He was on his way back from hunting.

The Lincoln County Coroner says Leggett's death was heart-related. He was 50 -years-old.

Leggett leaves behind a legacy in his hometown of Tomahawk.

From the time Jay Leggett was a student in Tomahawk, he knew he wanted to perform.

"That was his goal from the time he walked in the door at the high school," said Nancy Herbison, his former school counselor.

Teachers remembered the Tomahawk grad as they flipped through scrapbooks from the 80's where his name appeared on numerous theater programs.

"He was so much fun and always enthusiastic about his acting and singing and had a wonderful sense of humor," said Herbison.

He took that talent out West. He lived in Los Angeles and worked as an actor and writer.

"One of his favorite lines was 'Enjoy the ride.' And that's who Jay was. He was a big man and he lived a big life and enjoyed the ride," said Mary Schlag, manager of the Tomahawk Cinema.

His friends back home say he never forgot where he came from.

"Everybody in Tomahawk knows who Jay Leggett is. He touched a lot of people. He's related to a quarter of the town probably," said Schlag.

When it was time to premiere his own film about hunting in Wisconsin, he came back home to the Tomahawk Cinema.

"It was his dream realized, big time," said Schlag.

The cinema's manager says when Leggett brought his film "To the Hunt" to town in 2011, it brought him full circle because he worked at there as a teenager.

That teenager grew into a local celebrity that this community won't forget.

"He was very much a famous son of Tomahawk," said Herbison.

"He will be missed. The world is definitely a smaller place without Jay in it," said Schlag.

The Lincoln County Coroner says more tests are need to determine the exact cause of death. Those results are expected within two weeks.

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