The comedy world is in mourning for one of its own with the death of actor and comedian Brody Stevens at the age of 48, People reports. He apparently took his own life, with law enforcement sources telling TMZ Stevens was found hanging in his Los Angeles home early Friday afternoon. The Blast has reported audio from emergency dispatchers on the scene that describes a "hanging." Stevens (real name: Steven James Brody) had parts in The Hangover and The Hangover Part II and was a familiar face on the Southern California comedy circuit, "known for his positive and high-energy sets and warm-up acts," per the Hollywood Reporter. He also co-created, with Zach Galifianakis, a biographical series about himself called Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!
In that series, Stevens talked about his mental health struggles, including bipolar disorder, per the Daily Beast. Sources tell the Blast that Stevens had recently told friends he'd stopped taking his meds because it "dulled" his comic wit. "Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community," his reps said in a statement. "He pushed creative boundaries ... He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed." Hangover co-star Ed Helms posted on Twitter, "Brody Stevens has made me cry with laughter so many times. Can't believe he's gone. A truly marvelous and brilliant human being." And from comedian Marc Maron: "Another singular force of nature gone." Patton Oswalt sent out his own goodbye, imploring those who feel depressed to "please please please please please reach out to ANYONE. I never get to see Brody Stevens again I can't stand this." (Read more obituary stories.)