Stan Kirsch Dead At 51: Stars Pay Tribute To ‘Highlander’ Actor

Stan Kirsch was found dead on Saturday, January 11 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 51.

According to TMZ, the actor -- best known for his role as Richie Ryan on the '90s television series 'Highlander' -- was discovered by his wife Kristyn Green after dying from an apparent suicide.

Green, who co-founded the Stan Kirsch Studios with her late husband, took to Kirsch's Facebook to reveal the tragic news.

“We tragically lost our beloved Stan Kirsch on January 11th,” the post on Kirsch's Facebook page read.

“He was so loved and we are all just devastated. Thank you for your understanding and respecting our privacy during this incredibly difficult time.”

Green later shared a post from her own Facebook page thanking those who have sent their love and support following her husband's death.

“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," Green said, adding, "I feel surrounded by love and am forever grateful to each and every one of you.”

The official 'Highlander' Facebook page also paid tribute to Kirsch, saying:

“It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Stan Kirsch,” the statement read. “He brought a sense of humor, kindness and youthful enthusiasm to the character of Richie Ryan for six seasons.”

Friends, fans and fellow celebs also took to social media to pay tribute to the actor, with singer and actress Lea Salonga tweeting, "Rest In Peace, Stan Kirsch. You were an incredible teacher, full of energy and real care for every student you taught. You really were something special."

Along with his role in 'Highlander' from 1992-1998, Kirsch was also known for his work on 'JAG', 'Invincible', 'Family Law', as well as a memorable guest-starring role in 'Friends', in which he played Monica’s underage boyfriend.

In 2008 Stan and his Kristyn formed LA-based acting school Stan Kirsch Studios, where he worked as an acting coach.

If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, you can call beyondblue on 1300 224 636, Headspace on 1800 650 890, Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, or the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. If it is an emergency, call 000.To find out more about how you can safely talk about suicide, head to Life In Mind Australia.

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