As a seeming epidemic of suicides pummel the entertainment world, leaders and companies are responding with innovative answers to help erase the stigma around mental illness and provide help: "I've seen the pain and devastation it causes."
Stan Kirsch, an actor who appeared in season one of Friends and was one of the stars of the TV series Highlander: The Series, died at the age of 51 from a suspected suicide after allegedly hanging himself in the bathroom of his Los Angeles home.
“The pressure to perform, coupled with the intense proliferation of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, has affected young people in a way that many of my peers did not experience in their careers,” according to United Talent Agency board member Tracey Jacobs. “Those factors can be overwhelming and often toxic.”
Suicide Epidemic Rocks Hollywood— DeplorableQanon (@Red_Pill_QAnon) January 19, 2020
A spate of suicides has left Hollywood reeling in shock.
On Wednesday, news emerged that "Friends" actor Stan Kirsch died from an apparent suicide after he allegedly hanged himself in the bathroom of his home in ..... https://t.co/n2ddgvhGZU
I fell in love with Highlander when I first saw the lightening imbue strength into Duncan MacLeod. I couldn't have been more than 7 or 8. It is heartbreaking to hear that Stan Kirsch(Richie Ryan) has passed, too soon from this world. #RIPStanKirsch pic.twitter.com/P3xYtelzVK— Lady Gravemaster (@LadyGravemaster) January 15, 2020
I hope to never have to write a story like this again. Silvio was a bright light snuffed out by his own success. https://t.co/5gcRUQr71p— Seth (@SethAbramovitch) January 15, 2020
Not reported widely, Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta is dead https://t.co/Sy1Me3zdNp— kh (@kh45284186) January 16, 2020
Anthony Bourdain's Mother Gladys Dies at 85 https://t.co/GpzTfcfePK— People (@people) January 15, 2020