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'Highlander' Actor Stan Kirsch Dies by Apparent Suicide at 51

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If you experience suicidal thoughts or have lost someone to suicide, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

Actor Stan Kirsch has died by apparent suicide at the age of 51, according to a statement on Kirsch’s official Facebook page, on Jan. 11. According to TMZ, the actor died by apparent suicide.

Kirsch is best known for playing Richie Ryan on the TV series “Highlander: The Series” from 1992 to 1997. His acting credits also include shows such as “General Hospital,” “Friends” and “JAG.” He also worked as a sought-after acting coach in Los Angeles.

“It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Stan Kirsch,” wrote the official “Highlander” Facebook page, adding:

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. … 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.

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Stan Kirsch. Without Stan Kirsch, Highlander: The Series…

Posted by Highlander on Monday, January 13, 2020

Other fans, friends and colleagues also reacted to his death on social media and shared condolences.

I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. I haven’t been able to respond to all the texts, calls,…

Posted by Kristyn Green on Monday, January 13, 2020

If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Header image via “Highlander” Facebook page

Originally published: January 14, 2020
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