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'Highlander' Star Stan Kirsch Dead At Age 51 Of An Apparent Suicide

By Mike Walters

Actor Stan Kirsch, best known for playing Richie Ryan on the television show 'Highlander' has died of an apparent suicide.

According to reports, the 51-year old actor was found hanging in his bathroom inside of his families home in Los Angeles.

Paramedics responded to the home on Saturday morning, where Kirsch was pronounced dead. Kirsch's wife, Kristyn Green, confirmed the death on social media, saying, "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 starred in the 'Highlander' series for six seasons but had tons of other acting credits like JAG, General Hospital and Friends.

Stan had a memorable cameo on the show 'Friends' where he played one of Courtney Cox's boyfriends. The two lied about their age to each other and a funny scene ensued.

For the last few years, Stan was known as a renowned acting coach to up and comers in the business.

A statement issued by his office, Stan Kirsch Studios, addressed the loss, "We tragically lost our beloved Stan Kirsch on January 11th. We will be closed for the next 2 weeks as we process and grieve. He was so loved and we are all just devastated. Thank you for your understanding and respecting our privacy during this incredibly difficult time."


Mark Lawson, Kirsch's 'General Hospital' co-star paid tribute to his friend on Instagram, saying, Stan. I’m reeling...all the way back to my first year in Los Angeles. Had a roommate I didn’t like. Was terrified to make a left on red. I needed the big break NOW so I could leave this terrifying town and go home and somehow work the Hollywood machine from there. I was in a Lesly Kahn Bootcamp class with another teacher and heard your voice coming into the Studios on Cole (that’s how far back we go). I was star struck. I was the biggest goddamn nerd for Highlander. I couldn’t even talk to you the first time I was introduced to you. And somehow I ended up in your Ongoing class. And man did you have your fucking hands full... Musical theater kid who had just finished a year of classical acting at LAMDA. I thought the the sweet flower of Hollywood would would lose her virtue to my voice, my movement, my gym ape physique. She didn’t."

He continued, "You had to teach me nuance first. Stillness. “Do less. Do less.” Whispered in my ear. I believed it. I started to find it. I can walk my closet right now and pull out the wardrobe I wore to the first job I booked. You told me to go sweaty. I did. Was playing a down and out boxer... My first job was a top of show guest star. They bought me for two weeks to learn a fight. I got to run the Art Museum steps in Philly. Even my parents weren’t as excited as you, my friend. You would coach me for nothing. You even let me be your trainer for a minute. You were my first big brother here. I’ll never forget that. And that’s how you’ll stay. But then what happened? Not a goddamn thing. I didn’t work for four years. I was in class with you and so many of the people I shamefully have lost touch with when I announced “I’m done, guys. I’m quitting.” And I did. But somehow I stayed. Somehow I always had a toe in. And a few years went by before I booked the greatest job I’ve had to date. Four years on a soap. I visited you every now and then when I was back in LA (the soap shot in New York). I was already that kid who would drop in on his teachers. His mentors. His heroes. When I returned for good, I got to see you in YOUR stUdio. Doing things YOUR way. I got to be your student again. You were brilliant. I miss you."


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