Brad Bufanda, an actor best known for his work on the television show “Veronica Mars,” has died. He was 34.
The cause of death was confirmed as suicide, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department, Billboard reports. “There was a note,” Winter said.
Bufanda jumped from a building in the 300 block of Fuller Avenue on Nov. 1, Winter added. His body was found by a transient, who called police.
His representative, Kirsten Solem, said that the family is asking for privacy at this time. “We are completely devastated for he was an extremely talented young actor and wonderful, caring human being,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “He was reviving his career having just completed two movies, and we are shocked and saddened by his passing.”
“Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas tweeted: “I’m heartbroken to hear of Brad Bufanda’s passing. He did great work on Veronica Mars. My heart goes out to his family.”
Bufanda also appeared on “CSI: Miami,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Even Stevens,” “Days of Our Lives” and “Boston Public.”
Bufanda started his acting career when he was just 10 years old, landing a role as Steve in the karate film “Pocket Ninjas,” Newsweek reports.
His latest and last role will be seen in the forthcoming comedy “Garlic & Gunpowder,” set to release later in 2017. He was scheduled to appear in the “Stan the Man” movie, which is currently in production and scheduled to be released in 2018.
Less than a month ago, the actor Kristoff St. John made headlines after allegedly threatening to commit suicide.
A longtime star of “The Young and the Restless,” St. John was hospitalized on Oct. 19 and placed under psychiatric evaluation after his girlfriend called police and said he had been sending her photos of himself holding a gun to his head, TMZ reported.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States has steadily increased from 1999 through 2014. It is among the leading causes of death among adolescents and young adults, and is also rising among middle-aged adults.
Each year 44,193 Americans die by suicide, notes the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. That averages out to 121 suicides per day.
Suicide by firearm is by far the most common method, accounting for 49.8 percent of the total. Next in popularity is suffocation (26.8 percent), followed by poisoning (15.4 percent). Jumping is included in “other,” which accounts for 7.9 percent.
Sources: Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Newsweek, TMZ, CDC, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via Billboard, Pexels