“Highlander” actor Stan Kirsch has died at the age of 51.
TMZ reports Kirsch was found dead in his Los Angeles home from an apparent suicide over the weekend.
According to the outlet, his wife Kristyn Green found him hanging in their bathroom. He was pronounced dead once paramedics arrived.
Green confirmed his death on Facebook. She wrote on Monday, “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. I feel surrounded by love and am forever grateful to each and every one of you.”
Kirsch played the role of Richie Ryan on “Highlander” from 1992-1998. The show’s official Facebook page paid tribute after hearing about his death, saying, “It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Stan Kirsch. 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.”
“Stan was at a disadvantage compared to other actors portraying immortals on the series. He was never able to have flashbacks from the 1800’s or discuss how things were ‘back in his day.’ However, Stan turned this situation into an opportunity; providing one of the few portrayals on the show where a character gradually grew into a wise, skilled and self-assured individual from episode to episode,” the statement continued. “Stan even changed himself physically to show how Richie Ryan would survive in the world of the immortals. Although Richie Ryan’s life was cut short on the show, there was little more to see; Richie Ryan had evolved into his own man, and it was Stan’s performance that made it true.”