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David Strickland

David Gordon Strickland Jr. (October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). He suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide at the age of 29.

His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister and Mad World. He also co-starred in the film Forces of Nature (starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock) which had just opened in US cinemas at the time of his death.

Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was arrested in October 1998 for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest in December and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered into rehabilitation. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report.

News reports of events leading up to his death suggest that he had chosen to stop taking the lithium he was prescribed to control his bipolar disorder, and that he spent the last three days of his life on an alcohol and drug binge with a friend, actor Andy Dick.

Strickland checked in to the Oasis Motel, Las Vegas during the early hours of Monday March 22. He consumed several bottles of beer and then hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam. His dangling lifeless body was discovered by a maid.

He left no note, and no evidence of drugs was found in the room. The Clark County coroner's report stated that his body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt.

At the time of his death he was romantically linked with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen.

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At the time of his death he was romantically linked with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen.
. The Clark County coroner's report stated that his body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt. He was 67 years old. He left no note, and no evidence of drugs was found in the room. According to the paramedics who were called, Troughton died before he even fell back on his bed. His dangling lifeless body was discovered by a maid. Troughton suffered his final, fatal, heart attack at 7:25 AM, the next day, March 28, 1987, just after he had ordered his breakfast from the hotel staff.

He consumed several bottles of beer and then hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam. Some attendees said later that Troughton looked clearly unwell to them, although he appeared to be in good spirits throughout the day's panels and was apparently looking forward to a belated birthday celebration that was planned for the Saturday night and a screening of the Doctor Who story The Dominators, which Troughton had requested personally, on the Saturday afternoon. Strickland checked in to the Oasis Motel, Las Vegas during the early hours of Monday March 22. On March 27, 1987, Troughton was a guest at the Magnum Opus Con II science fiction convention in Columbus, Georgia. News reports of events leading up to his death suggest that he had chosen to stop taking the lithium he was prescribed to control his bipolar disorder, and that he spent the last three days of his life on an alcohol and drug binge with a friend, actor Andy Dick. Troughton also continued to smoke heavilly and declined to commit himself to any real physical exercise despite his worsening health and his early death was predicted as an inevitable consequence by his doctors. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report. Following each of these attacks, his doctor's warnings were again ignored as Troughton committed himself to a heavy TV and film schedule.

He was arrested in October 1998 for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest in December and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered into rehabilitation. He suffered two major heart attacks in 1978 and 1984 which knocked him out of acting for several months both times. Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Troughton's health was never that robust and late in his life he flatly refused to accept his doctor's advice that he had developed a serious heart condition through overwork and stress. He also co-starred in the film Forces of Nature (starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock) which had just opened in US cinemas at the time of his death. Troughton's sons, David and Michael are both well-known actors on stage and screen. His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister and Mad World. Apprehensive at first, Troughton was later so delighted at the prospect of appearing in support of the show that he readily agreed to appear one more time as the Doctor with Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor in The Two Doctors (1985).

He suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide at the age of 29. Troughton agreed, and also went along with Nathan-Turner to appear on behalf of the series at conventions the world over. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). In 1983, Troughton was asked by then-series producer John Nathan-Turner to appear in the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors. David Gordon Strickland Jr. (October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999) was an American actor. He was also seen in the movie Jason & the Argonauts, in The Box of Delights, and as Father Brennen in the movie The Omen (1976). Find A Death - David Strickland (http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/s/David%20Strickland/david_strickland.htm). He is probably best known as the second actor to play the lead role of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, which he did from 1966 until 1969.

Patrick George Troughton (March 25, 1920–March 28, 1987) was a versatile and prolific British actor.

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