Tributes flow for TV star found dead
Brian Tarantina, a character actor who was most recently known for his role in The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, has died in his Manhattan home. He was 60.
The New York Police Department said officers responded to the apartment on West 51st Street shortly before 1am on Saturday.
They found Tarantina on his couch, fully clothed but unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Page Six reports that "a number of prescriptions and glassine envelopes with a white powder inside were recovered" from the scene.
The cause of death was being determined by the medical examiner. Tarantina's manager Laurie Smith said he had recently had a severe illness. "We are shocked and saddened at the passing of this wonderful actor and good friend," she said.
On Mrs. Maisel, Tarantina played an MC at a comedy club called the Gaslight.
The show's star, Rachel Brosnahan, remembered him as "hilarious and talented" in an Instagram post. "So deeply sad to hear about the passing of Brian Tarantina. He was hilarious and talented and kind and an all around golden f***ing weirdo. Our family of weirds won't be the same without him," she wrote. Her co-star Alex Borstein also posted her own expletive-laden tribute.
The show's official Twitter account also posted a tribute to Tarantina:
The Gaslight won’t be the same without you. Thank you Brian Tarantina for sharing in all of the laughs. Sending love to his family and friends in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/J1R1ijF3tE— The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (@MaiselTV) November 2, 2019
In January, Tarantina was at the Screen Actors Guild Awards when the show won the comedy series ensemble category.
Tarantina had roles in a number of television shows and movies, including Gilmore Girls and BlacKkKlansman.