'Gilmore Girls' Actor Brian Tarantina Dead At 60
Actor Brian Tarantina, who starred in the hit series as well as 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel', has died been found dead in his New York apartment at the age of 60.
Tarantina was found unresponsive just before 12:45 am on Saturday by his niece, who called emergency responders to the scene, where he was soon pronounced dead.
According to TMZ, the star was discovered face-up on his couch inside the apartment, with a white powdery substance near his body, which was alleged to be narcotics.
According to police, a number of prescriptions and glassine envelopes with a white powder inside were also recovered from inside the apartment, however, The New York City medical examiner’s office is yet to determine his official cause of death.
While police believed the actor's death may be attributed to an apparent overdose, Tarantina's rep Laurie Smith believed it could have been related to a recent bout of illness.
“Brian had been ill lately,” a rep for Tarantina told PEOPLE. “He was recently in the hospital and was in the process of recuperating from what I believe to be a heart-related issue.”
Following his death, fans and fellow celebrities have come out on social media to mourn to star, who had a lengthy career in shows such as 'Law & Order', 'Miami Vice', 'Oz', 'NYPD Blue', 'ER', 'The Sopranos', 'Gilmore Girls', 'Heroes', 'Blue Bloods' and most recently in 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' playing Jackie.
"The gaslight won't be the same without you," the official account for 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' wrote on Twitter, adding, "Thank you Brian Tarantina for sharing in all the laughs. Sending love to his family and friends in this difficult time."
Gilmore Girls creators Amy Sherman Palladino and Daniel Palladino also released the following statement after Tarantina's death, which read:
"For over twenty-five years, Brian Tarantina has been in our lives. He was in Amy’s first pilot. And he’s been in every significant thing we’ve done since. He came in with that voice and that timing and he made every scene better. And weirder. Every moment was completely unique. You can’t describe a guy like Brian, you just had to be there," they wrote.
"And lucky for us, we were. We love him and will forever miss him."