Heartbreaking: Friends and Highlander actor Stan Kirsch dies aged 51

The actor had a very memorable role on the popular TV shows

January 15 2020

Stan Kirsch, who played the immortal Richie Ryan on the 1990s television series Highlander has died. He was 51.

Though Kirsch was best known for his six-season stint on Highlander, he had a memorable role on Friends as Monica's younger boyfriend Ethan, who lied about his age.



In the episode, titled The One with the Ick Factor, Ethan reveals he is actually a senior in high school after he and the 26-year-old Monica spend the night together.

"We tragically lost our beloved Stan Kirsch on January 11,” his wife, Kristyn Green, told NBC's TODAY show.

Kirsch’s death was announced on the Stan Kirsch Studios Facebook page on Monday.

He and Green founded the acting school in 2008.

“We will be closed for the next 2 weeks as we process and grieve,” the post read in part.

On Monday, Green thanked Facebook followers "for the outpouring of love and support" in the wake of her husband's death.



"I haven't been able to respond to all the texts, calls, emails — but have read or listened to every single one of them," Green wrote.

'Surrounded by love'

"I feel surrounded by love and am forever grateful to each and every one of you."

The Highlander Facebook page shared a lengthy tribute to Kirsch, calling him "nothing but kind, thoughtful and sincere".

The actor's death has been ruled a suicide.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

“He was so loved and we are all just devastated.”

This story first appeared on 7NEWS.com.au

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