Highlander alum Steve Kirsch has died at age 51.
The actor died by apparent suicide over the weekend, per TMZ. His wife, Kristyn Green, was said to have discovered his body.
Kirsch memorably played immortal warrior Richie Ryan on the original Highlander television series for six seasons between 1992-1998.
Green confirmed Kirsch’s passing in a touching tribute Tuesday on Facebook.
“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,” Green wrote.
Since Highlander wrapped, Kirsch had been working in Los Angeles as an acting coach. His on-screen credits also included JAG, Invincible, and one episode of Friends during Season 1, where he played a high school student that tried to romantically pursue Monica (Courteney Cox).
A tribute on Highlander‘s official Facebook page also confirmed his passing and remembered the nuances of his performance.
“It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Stan Kirsch,” the message began. “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.”
“Stan was at a disadvantage compared to other actors portraying immortals on the series. He was never able to have flashbacks from the 1800’s or discuss how things were ‘back in his day.’ However, Stan turned this situation into an opportunity; providing one of the few portrayals on the show where a character gradually grew into a wise, skilled and self-assured individual from episode to episode,” the statement continued. “Stan even changed himself physically to show how Richie Ryan would survive in the world of the immortals.”
“Although Richie Ryan’s life was cut short on the show, there was little more to see; Richie Ryan had evolved into his own man, and it was Stan’s performance that made it true.”
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