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. In 2004, she returned to feature films in the role of Ben Stiller's mother in Along Came Polly. The Clark County coroner's report stated that his body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt. Since the cancellation of Knots Landing in 1993, Lee has appeared in many made-for-TV movies, as well as the Knots Landing reunion special, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac. He left no note, and no evidence of drugs was found in the room. Lee refused and appeared in all 19 episodes that season (doing her extra four for union scale). His dangling lifeless body was discovered by a maid. The big budget that the series once had was trimmed, and in the final season, the higher paid cast members were asked to appear in only 15 of the season's 19 episodes, as the budget constraints had become so much that the production company couldn't pay them anymore.

He consumed several bottles of beer and then hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam. As the show moved into the 1990s, Knots Landing's popularity waned. Strickland checked in to the Oasis Motel, Las Vegas during the early hours of Monday March 22. As one of the leads, Lee became very popular with fans, winning the Soap Opera Digest Award for Lead Actress five times. 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. In 1979, she accepted an acting job after a three-year sabbatical, a role for a series called Knots Landing, a spinoff of Dallas. The first episodes of the series were not high-rated and cancellation was rumored, but the network continued to support it and eventually the show took off. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report. In 1976, her mother died, and she stopped acting for years.

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. She worked infrequently until accepting a role on Broadway in Seesaw, which netted her a Tony Award nomination in 1974. Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. The 1970s were especially trying on Michele, as her father died in 1970. 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. She first became known for her saccharine sweet roles in the films How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967), The Love Bug (1968), and The Comic (1969). His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister and Mad World. Michele Lee (born Michelle Lee Dusick on June 24, 1942 in Los Angeles) is an American actress, most known for her role as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie on the 1980s soap opera Knots Landing.

He suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide at the age of 29. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). David Gordon Strickland Jr. (October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999) was an American actor. Find A Death - David Strickland (http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/s/David%20Strickland/david_strickland.htm).

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