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Highlander Star, 51, Dead by Hanging

Stan Kirsch found dead at his Los Angeles home
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2020 4:32 PM CST
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(Newser) – A star of the mid-1990s Highlander TV series was found dead in his Los Angeles home Saturday afternoon. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Stan Kirsch, who played the immortal Richie Ryan on the show for six seasons, was found hanging in the bathroom by his wife. Paramedics pronounced the 51-year-old dead at the scene. "Without Stan Kirsch, Highlander: The Series would have been far less," reads a lengthy tribute on the show's official Facebook page. "He brought a sense of humor, kindness and youthful enthusiasm to the character of Richie Ryan."

Following his time on Highlander, he played Lieutenant Ferrari on JAG for five seasons. He also appeared in shows including General Hospital and Friends (on which he portrayed Ethan, who spends the night with 26-year-old Monica before revealing he's a senior in high school), and worked as an acting coach in LA. Today reports he opened an acting school with his wife in 2008. "I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. I haven't been able to respond to all the texts, calls, emails—but have read or listened to every single one of them," his wife posted on social media. "I feel surrounded by love and am forever grateful to each and every one of you." (Read more celebrity death stories.)

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