The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office confirmed his cause of death has been listed as suicide.
His wife Kristyn Green shared the news on Kirsch’s Facebook page on Monday, adding that their full service acting studio in Hollywood would be temporarily closing.
Green also posted on her own Facebook page, “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.”
Kirsch played Richie Ryan on Highlander from 1992-1998, and made guest appearances on JAG, Family Law, and Love Boat: The Next Wave among others. Friends fans will recognize him from the season 1 episode “The One With the Ick Factor,” in which he played Monica’s (Courteney Cox) love interest Young Ethan, who turns out to be a senior in high school, not college as Monica had assumed.
Beyond Highlander: The Series, Stan Kirsch was an accomplished acting coach. We have heard first-hand testimonials from many of his students, many being working actors; all of them having considered Stan an incredible teacher and a gift of a human being.
Every time we had the opportunity to catch up with Stan, he was nothing but kind, thoughtful and sincere. He was a warm presence that will be missed.
RIP Stan Kirsch.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255