Tragedy struck Hollywood this weekend.
Stan Kirsch, one of the stars of the Highlander TV series, was found dead in his Los Angles home on Saturday by his wife, Kristyn Green, TMZ reported. Green reportedly found her husband hanging in their shared bathroom.
Kirsh was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. He was 51.
A successful career
Kirsch enjoyed a successful and varied career in television and acting. Originally, he attended Duke University as a political science major, but he later found that acting was his true calling.
Memorably appearing on television shows such as JAG, General Hospital, and Friends, Kirsch also starred in six seasons of Highlander, TMZ reported.
Not only did Kirsch have significant roles in many popular shows, but he also taught acting classes as well. Along with his wife, Kirsch founded an acting school called Stan Kirsch Studios in Los Angeles.
A lasting legacy
Kirsch is being remembered as a high impact, high energy individual who no doubt affected many during his career.
The Highlander TV series posted a tribute to the actor on its official page, writing: “Without Stan Kirsch, Highlander: The Series would have been far less. He brought a sense of humor, kindness and youthful enthusiasm to the character of Richie Ryan for six seasons.”
The statement went on: “Every time we had the opportunity to catch up with Stan, he was nothing but kind, thoughtful and sincere. He was a warm presence that will be missed.”
An open question
Little has been disclosed about the state of Kirsch’s mental health, and with the family in mourning, it is unlikely we will have immediate answers as to exactly what happened.
Still, the tragic suicides of beloved entertainment industry icons like Robin Williams and Heath Ledger have highlighted the need for increased awareness and support for those suffering from mental illness from all walks of life.
Kirsch and countless others who have left this earth too early will be dearly missed.