Movie star and comedian Brody Stevens has been found dead on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles.
The 48-year-old star of The Hangover and Due Date apparently committed suicide, with The Blast reporting that Los Angeles police are investigating the cause of death as being ‘suicide by hanging’.
Brody was found just before 1pm PST and it is has been reported by US media that LAPD are still at the scene and investigators are speaking with his family.
The comedian was a regular on the Los Angeles comedy scene, with regular performances at clubs in the city.
He has opened up previously about his battles with depression and mental health issues and has also spoken out about a negative reaction to a comedy special that was aired.
A statement from Brody’s reps has said: “Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community.
“He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious.
“He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”
Tributes to Brody are being shared on social media, with Emmy award winning director Peter Atencio describing Brody in a tweet as, “one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and someone who was always incredibly kind.”
The Comedy Store also shared their thoughts on Brody’s passing, tweeting: “Thank you Brody for sharing your Comedy and positive energy with us for so many years. You made late nights so much fun, pushing boundaries, being different, and never doing the same show twice. Joke writing, crowd work, drums, baseball. We love you forever Brody.”
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